11 January 2013

Kenya: Nigerian Doctor Denies Resisting Arrest

A Nigerian doctor was yesterday charged with assault and resisting arrest before a Kibera court. Chinwendu Anduola Achebe denied causing bodily harm to Silver Busolo on October 22 last year at the MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi.

Achebe denied resisting arrest by the police on January 7 at the Oil Libya Petrol Station in Nairobi's Westlands. Lawyer Milicent Ogutu told principal magistrate Lucas Onyina that Achebe resisted arrest because she was not aware there was a warrant of arrest against her.

Ogutu, who was representing Stephen Mwenesi, said Achebe is "very remorseful". She asked the court to release the doctor on reasonable bail terms saying she was willing to comply with court conditions.

Onyina, who released Achebe on a Sh10,000 bail, ordered her to deposit her passport with the court. The magistrate ordered the doctor to name a Kenyan citizen as her contact person.

The middle-aged-doctor, who appeared in court in a wheel chair accompanied by her personal doctor, also denied a third charge of causing obstruction by leaving her car on the road. Achebe was handed a separate Sh10,000 bond for the offence. Both cases will be heard on April 10.

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