Miss Paula Lawrence, 30, has dragged Anietie Ekong, the media
aide to Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to a Federal
High Court sitting in Abuja, over an allege 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 accuse Ekong of having canal
knowledge of her without her consent. Paula’s counsel, Mr. Oseini
Bamigbaiye, in the suit is seeking the order of the court to restrain
Ekong from further harassing, threatening and invading the privacy of
his client and an order compelling him to tender an unreserved and
written apologies in all the social media through which he defamed her.
According to Paula, a graduate of Theatre Arts from University of Uyo,
Akpabio’s aide drugged and had canal knowledge of her and took her nude
pictures and then circulated them on the social media after she met him
in a hotel in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state in 2014.
the affidavit in support of the suit, the plaintiff (Paula), met with
Ekong sometimes in 2014 during the commissioning of the international
stadium in Uyo and they exchanged numbers. Paula said, 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, Ekong 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 the next morning. I did not know
that while I was drunk, he took nude picture of me with his cell phone
camera”. The case has been fixed for today, April 13, 2016.