Doctor, pharmacist docked for rape in Edo

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By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN — TWO medical personnel attached to the Federal Government’s Irrua Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, have been arraigned before an Ekpoma Magistrate Court for allegedly raping a 25- year-old woman,   after allegedly injecting her with a substance.

The accused persons, Dr. Ndukwe Kalu, a Pharmacist and Eriyo Omoregie, a medical doctor, were accused of  raping  and assaulting  the woman, at Ebhokhuala Quarters of Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State.

Police prosecutor, Mr. Nicholas Ogbadu, told the court that the accused persons conspired among themselves to rape, raped and assaulted the woman in breach of section 355 of the Criminal Code of the defunct Bendel State, also applicable in Edo State.

The victim while narrating her ordeal before the court, alleged that Dr. Omoregie lured her to his abode at Ebhoakhuala on February 29, 2012 with a promise to help her secure a job at the teaching hospital.

Oblivious of his intention, she told the court that she went to his house with an application letter as requested by the medical doctor, whom she had worked for in the past.

She added that in the process of delivering the letter, Dr. Kalu emerged from one of the rooms in the house and held her hands, during which time Dr. Omoregie injected her with a substance, adding that having succeeded in weakening her, Dr. Kalu allegedly raped her.

She also alleged that she sustain bruises on her face during the initial struggle, as they tried to cover her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge, while the trial magistrate adjourned the case till May 30, 2012 for further hearing.

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