A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Richard Kpodo, who was remanded in prison custody for alleged rape in Yenagoa, the state capital – arrived in court earlier today on a stretcher.
Chief Perekeme Richard Kpodo, the former Security Adviser to the Bayelsa State Government, Kpodo, was arraigned at the Magistrate Court 10 presided over by E.T. Empire-Ugwa on two counts of unlawful detention and rape of one Teke Blessing.
Kpodo was alleged to have detained Blessing on June 20th, 2018 at Etegwe area of Yenagoa with an intent to defile her and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 155 of the Criminal Code.
On count two, Kpodo, a former Security Adviser in the state, was said to have on the same day he allegedly detained the girl raped her thereby committing an offence punishable under section 285 of the Criminal Code.
The accused person, who was in the dock, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
His lawyer, Julius Iyekoroghe, who was represented by Funlayeifa Seibokuru, quickly applied for the bail of Kpodo on grounds of sickness and personal recognition.
He said Kpodo was hypertensive and suffered other sicknesses, appealing to the court to grant him bail.