Former Nigeria international defender, Godwin Okpara, was arraigned on Thursday before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ikeja for alleged wife battery.
The 43-year-old former Paris St-Germain player was accused of battering his wife of 25 years, Linda.
He was arraigned on one count of wife battery contrary to Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police S. Imhonwa, told the magistrate, Mrs B.O Osunsanmi, that Okpara, on many occasions, battered his wife, causing her bodily injury.
The prosecutor claimed that Okpara, for instance, assaulted Linda sometime in August last year, by flogging her with a stick at their Ikeja GRA residence.
The ex-Super Eagles star, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following a plea by his lawyer, Malaki Odo, the magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Odo maintained that his client was innocent, vowing that “We shall prove our case during trial.”
The magistrate adjourned till January next year for further hearing.
Okpara represented Nigeria at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations and featured in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Australia.