The accused persons are Dr. Ndukwe Kalu, a Pharmacist and Eriyo Omoregie,a medical doctor. They were accused of raping and assaulting the woman (name Withheld) at Ebhokhuala Quarters of Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State. Police prosecutor, Mr. Nicholas Ogbadu told the court presided over by Mrs. M. Iluobe 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 plaintiff, 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 narrated further 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 Dr. Omoregie injected her, adding that having succeeded in weakening her, Dr. Kalu allegedly took the advantage and raped her. She also alleged that she sustain bruises in her face during the initial struggle, as they tried to cover her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
She further alleged that when she regained strength and sort to leave, she was told that her clothes had been soaked in water, adding that at her insistence, she was eventually given the soaked clothes which she wore out of the place. The accused persons pleaded not guilty while the trial magistrate adjourned the case to May 30, 2012 for further hearing on the case.