A thirty-year-old woman, Miss Paula Lawrence has dragged Anietie Ekong, the media aide to Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio before a federal high court, for alleged sexual harassment.
She is seeking N100m as damages for the emotional, psychological, reputational pain and torture she had been caused as a result of the harassment.
In suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/121/2016, Paula accuses Ekong of having carnal knowlege of her without her consent.
Miss Paula, through her counsel, Mr. Oseini Bamigbaiye, in the suit, sought court restraint Ekong from further harassment, threatening and invasion of the privacy of his client and an order compelling him to tender an unreserved and written apologies on all the social media platforms through which he defamed her.
According to Paula, a graduate of Theatre Arts from University of Uyo, Akpabio’s aide drugged and had carnal knowlege of her, took her nude pictures,and then circulated them on the social media after she met him in a hotel in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state.
According to the affidavit in support of the suit, the plaintiff (Paula), met Ekong sometime in 2014, during the commissioning of the international stadium in Uyo where they exchanged numbers.
According to her, they both met at an hotel in Uyo, where her nude picture was taken and circulated on social media after abusing her sexually.
“That in the room, he brought out the bottle of red wine from the luggage in his wardrobe. At that time, I was pressed and had to use the toilet. Before I came back, he had poured the wine in the glass.
“That I drank from my glass of wine, while he drank from his. When I wanted to drink from his glass of wine, he refused me, saying I should drink from mine. Shortly after drinking I started feeling dizzy and drunk. He made love to me and I slept off till morning. I did not know that while I was drunk, he took nude picture of me with his cell phone camera”.
Efforts to reach Ekong to comment on the allegation failed to yield results as his mobile phone rang many times unanswered
The case has been fixed for April 13, 2016.
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