Lunatic Rape: Electronic Dealer Denies Allegation, Tackles Media House


Against a newspaper report that an electronics dealer in Abak Local Government Area was caught raping a mentally ill woman, the man at the centre of the allegation, Dear Benson has vehemently denied the act.
He has also demanded that the said newspaper retract the publication and apologize to him within seven (7) days or face legal action.
It would be recalled that a local tabloid in the State, The Post Weekend had on Wednesday 20th June, 2018 Vol8.No16 edition published a story on its front page with the caption “Electronics Dealer Caught Raping Lunatic in Abak,” said that the electronics dealer was reportedly “caught penultimate Saturday at about 4am for forcefully having sex with a mentally deranged lady near concrete water tank at Abak new market.
The paper had also reported that “Dear Benson was loitering around the shade where the female lunatic has been squatting. His nocturnal movement is said to have raised serious concern, especially as it happened when all honest people had gone to bed.
“He was caught in the act by those who had ambushed him. He reportedly obtained baptism of fire from the rescue team. The injuries were yet to heal as at the time of this report even as he had allegedly sealed the lips of his jungle judges with the sum of three hundred thousand naira (N300,000) which he reportedly paid to bury the sex scandal”.
But reacting to the publication, Dear Benson said that it was a deliberate attempt to blackmail him, tarnish his reputation and make the public to have a negative thinking about him.
Benson who narrated what transpired on the fateful day said he returned from a business trip to Ikot Ekpene on a commercial motorcycle to where he parked his own motorcycle at Ubom Itor at about 6:30pm and on getting there, a truck that entered the market to deliver goods was negotiating it’s way out and since it was closer to the compound that he parked his motorcycle, he decided to alight from the Okada and suddenly, some young boys numbering over five approached him and demanded for money.
He said that since he had a large sum of money on him, he raised the alarm and the truck driver came down and demanded to know what was happening. The boys demanded for money to free him.
He noted that at that point, he asked the truck driver to settle them so that he can sort out with him later as it was risky to bring out money from the inner short. The driver eventually settled and he was let to go.
Benson said that the area is noted for being a den of “buglers and area boys” that extort money from unsuspecting members of the public and wondered what could have taken him to the place at odd hour as noted in the publication.
He said he was surprised to read in the newspaper that he was caught having sex with a mentally ill woman. This, he said is libelous taken too far with the sole aim of maligning and discrediting him before the right thinking members of the public.
“This story of sleeping with a mad woman is a cooked up story to blackmail me and reduce me to public laughter after failed attempts to extort money from me. It is libelous taken too far as I am a responsible business man who work hard to sustain my business.”
Asked if he will take action to seek redress, he said that he has already contacted a lawyer and if the said newspaper fails to retract the story and apologize within 7 days, he will go to court to seek redress.



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