A Jos-based medical doctor, Micheal Owoicho has been arraigned before Justice Lawal Suleiman of Jos Upper Area Court 1 in Plateau on allegations of adultery.
Owoicho, a staff of the Jos University Teaching Hospital and Medical Director (MD) of Elroi Hospital, was accused of having sexual affair with his patient’s wife.
According to the Police Prosecutor, M. M. Alex, one Maduabuchi Orji, the complainant in the matter, had reported the matter at the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Jos.
He said that Maduabuchi reported that Owoicho, who was his personal physician, was having an affair with his wife.
Alex further told the court that the complainant said that he had suspected that his wife, Ifeoma Sharon Orji, was having sexual affairs with his private doctor for a long time.
According to him, the complainant said that the accused had on diverse dates in the month of July 2015 to 2016, enticed his wife in his residence at No. UG/C/14, Utan GRA, Jos, and Silk Suites Hotels located at Zaramaganda, Rayfield Road.
“The accused enticed, with criminal intent, the lawful wife of the complainant, eliciting sexual intercourse with her,’’ the prosecutor said.
Alex added that the offence was forbidden under the native law and custom of the Idoma people of Benue State (the accused’s tribe) and was also a criminal offence, contrary to and punishable under Sections 387 and 389 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria.
However, Owoicho pleaded not guilty to the charge of adultery brought against him.
His counsel, Izang Aware, pleaded for his bail which was granted by the Judge of the court sitting at Kasuwan Nama area of Jos on Monday in the sum of N100, 000.
Part of the bail conditions was that he should produce a surety in like sum, who must be a lecturer with the University of Jos.
The surety was also requested to produce two passport photographs and an identity card of the institution.
Judge Suleiman adjourned the case to Aug. 30, for further hearing.