Nigerian singer Innocent Idibia (2face) once sang “if love is a crime then I am ready to be hunted”. This was the case of a certain Emmanuel Egbo who has been sentenced to prison for love but for the wrong reason.
Egbo, 27, a rejected suitor has been sentenced to four months imprisonment for assaulting a lady, Chioma Ugo who rebuffed his love advances.
Egbo, a salesman residing at Ungwar Tiv community in Karu, was arraigned on a three-count charge of assault occasioning harm, unlawful restraint and criminal intimidation.
The prosecutor, Helen Ashasim, told the court that Ugo, who also resides at Ungwa Tiv community in Karu, had, on August 31, reported a case of assault, unlawful imprisonment and criminal intimidation to policemen at the Karu Police Station.
The prosecutor said the convict, who was a neighbor to Ugo, had previously asked her out but she refused.
Ashasim gave full details of the whole incident which landed the assaulted lady Chioma in the hospital.
“On a fateful day, Egbo had called her on the phone to assist him to purchase some drugs because he was indisposed. When Ugo got to Egbo’s entrance and knocked; he opened the door, dragged her in and threatened to forcefully rape her for not agreeing to an amorous relationship with him
“When the complainant began shouting, Egbo prevented her exit from his apartment and began to assault her thereby inflicted severe injuries on the lady before she was eventually rescued by her younger brother, who was in the house.
“The complainant was rushed to a hospital in Nyanya, where she had been receiving medical treatment and had spent N15,000 so far.”
The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 250, 256 and 397(b) of the Penal Code.
The judge, Hassan Ishaq, however, gave the convict an option of fine of N9,000, ordering that Egbo should pay the complainant, one Chioma Ugo, N15,000 as compensation for medical expenses.