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Blogger arraigned for defaming bank CEO gets N3m bail



A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of N3m to a blogger, Seun Oloketuyi, arraigned by the police for allegedly publishing defamatory story against the Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo.Oloketuyi had been remanded in Ikoyi Prisons since August 25, 2015 after he was arraigned on two counts of malicious publication against Okonkwo before Justice Mohammed Yunusa.

The accused blogger, who is the organiser of the Annual Best of Nollywood Awards, was granted bail on Tuesday following argument by his lawyer, Dr. Muiz Banire.

Banire, who led a team of nine lawyers, said Oloketuyi had the right to be granted bail by virtue of Section 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, which stipulates that an accused should be presumed innocent until the prosecution is able to prove otherwise.

He also questioned the propriety of the charge filed by the police against the blogger, adding that “the offence with which the accused was purportedly charged is a bailable offence.”

Banire contended that the charge sheet did not disclose enough evidence against the accused and urged the court to exercise discretion in his favour.

“There is no proof of evidence; there is no list of witnesses that the prosecution intends to call; somebody just woke up one morning and wrote something on a sheet of paper, unleashing it on the court.

“My Lord, there is even no charge properly filed before this court in the first place. My understanding of the law is that you cannot just bring an ordinary sheet before Your Lordship,” Banire contended.

Banire, who said his colleagues and himself took up the case on pro bono, said there was no element of crime in the charge filed by the police against the blogger, saying what anyone who felt maligned with his publication should have done was to sue for libel.He, however, pleaded with the court to consider the trauma that the aged mother of the accused, who was accompanied to court by the popular comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka, had been going through since the blogger was remanded.

He also said the blogger had a wife and two children that he was responsible to, adding that he had been through much trouble in the last one week due to the poor condition of the Nigerian prison.

He also claimed that prior to being charged to court, operatives of the Department of State Services had harassed and inflicted physical injuries on the accused blogger.

Banire assured the judge that if granted bail, Oloketuyi would not abscond, saying he was a responsible young man and an entrepreneur, who had employees in his media outfit.

But the police prosecutor, Mr. Olakanmi Omisope, urged the court to refuse the bail application, saying the accused blogger was a serial blackmailer, who was currently being investigated by the DSS for other related offences.

In a bench ruling, however, Justice Yunusa granted Oloketuyi bail in the sum of N3m with two sureties in like sum.

The judge said one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused and must depose to an affidavit of means.
The surety must also be an owner of a landed property in Lagos, the Certificate of Occupancy of which must be verified by the prosecution.
The judge ordered Oloketuyi to sign an undertaking that he would not go ahead to further publish the allegedly malicious story on Okonkwo.
The police alleged that Oloketuyi published on his blog,, that Okonkwo had an extramarital affair with one Justina, a married woman working in the Marketing Department of Fidelity Bank.
The blogger was alleged to have published that the affair between Okonkwo and Justina resulted in Justina’s husband, Ben, sending her out.
The blogger was alleged to have also published that Okonkwo had since sent Justina abroad for further studies and had taken over responsibility for Justina’s children.
The police said Oloketuyi acted contrary to Section 24 (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition) Act 2015 and Section 375 of the Criminal Code Act Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
Oloketuyi, who was said to have since retracted the publication and tendered an apology to Okonkwo, however, pleaded not guilty to the two counts.
The matter has been adjourned till November 4, 2015.

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DHQ clarifies identities of arrested Owo church attack suspects



Irabor Orders Troops to Smoke Out Unrepentant Bandits

The Defence Headquarters Wednesday gave details of the suspects arrested in connection with the June 5 attack on St. Francis Catholic Church Owo in Ondo State.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, had on Tuesday during a parley with media executives and editors revealed the names of the terrorists who masterminded the Owo attack.

Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, in a statement yesterday, said the clarification became necessary because of the conflicting feedback on the earlier announcement.

Akpor said Irabor had confirmed the arrest of four suspects through the collaborative efforts of the military and DSS personnel at Eika, in Okehi Local Government Area, Kogi on Aug. 1.

“Those arrested included Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (a.k.a Bin Malik), Momoh Otohu Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa and Auwal”

“The Defence Chief said, preliminary investigation revealed that Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza was the mastermind of the terror attack on the Owo Catholic Church.

“As well as the attack on a Police Station in Adavi Local Government Area, Kogi State on 23 June 2022, during which a policeman was killed and weapons carted away,” he said.

Akpor said Irabor also mentioned the arrest of another terrorist, Idris Ojo, aged 32, who was apprehended at Ayetoro Osi, Ondo State through the combined effort of military and DSS personnel on August 7. 

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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Pope not against my appointment as DG of Tinubu’s campaign – Lalong



Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organization, Simon Lalong, says he will not resign as the party DG campaign organisation.

Mr Lalong said that even Pope is not opposed to his appointment

Mr Lalong, who is also the Governor of Plateau, an ardent Catholic, said the Pope had not told him that accepting to lead the Muslim-Muslim APC presidential ticket was against the tenets of Christianity.

Some groups had staged rallies in Abuja, calling on Mr Lalong to reject the offer to serve as the DG of APC presidential campaign organisation.

However, the governor said he would not reject his new appointment just to satisfy the wishes of certain individuals or groups.

”The Pope is not angry with my decision to be the DG of the Muslim-Muslim presidential campaign.

“I came back home and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) welcomed me at the airport.

”The next day I addressed stakeholders of Plateau and I told them why I’m accepting and then there was jubilation, all of them accepted.

“So, if you see people talking about me rejecting, I have already accepted – is not an issue. Some of them have already keyed into it – I’m a Christian. If you watch my TVC interview I saw, I was born a Catholic, baptized a catholic, confirmed a catholic.

“Today, I went through missionary schools. I was taught by missions that I respect my being a Christian.

“I have been given the highest award by the Pope, I still hold that award – the highest Papal Award, I want people to know, Knight of Saint Gregory the Great, I have it and one day if you want I will wear my uniform and come here. So those who are talking about it I don’t even know where they are.

“I hold a Papal Knight and as a catholic everything we do, we do it and send the advice to the Pope.

“The Pope has not told me that what I’m doing (to accept Director General) is bad – As a catholic, we take that direction.

“But, generally as a governor of a State, I’m not responsible to only my faith. I’m responsible to other people who belong to other faiths, who are not even Muslims or Christians’’

He urged Nigerians to grow up from ethnic or religious sentiments.

Mr Lalong said that he had already accepted the job and there was nothing anybody could do to dissuade him from performing his responsibilities.

Mr Lalong said he was in the Presidential Villa to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the University of Jos as a national cancer centre as well as granting presidential pardon to the former Governor of the state, Joshua Dariye.

According to him, the people of the state will remain grateful to the president for delivering a lot of democratic dividends to the State.

“My visit to the President is to come and show him appreciation because of what he has done for Plateau State in the last few months.

”Just a week or two ago, we just got approval to make the University of Jos a Cancer Centre.

“I saw over N3 billion approved for the institution as a special centre for cancer. So, it’s not a small achievement.

“Recently, the President approved the establishment of an orthopaedic hospital in Jos, Plateau; the only one in North-Central.

“He also approved the establishment of a Federal Medical Centre in Wase. Another one is the Federal Polytechnic Shendam, which is almost starting this year in October to be precise.

“The president has also approved the conversion of the Federal College of Education, Pankshin, to a Federal University of Education and immediately approved the establishment of another Federal college of Education in the State.

“We were just celebrating that one then we also heard of the establishment of a Zonal campus of the Nigerian Law School for North-Central in Jos.

“We cannot have all these achievements and not come and show appreciation to the President,” he said. 

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PHOTOS: Oluwo of Iwo visits Olubadan



The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, on Wednesday visited Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Olalekan Balogun Okunmade Alliwo II.

Oluwo said his visit was symbolic as he has a maternally relationship with the Alliwo Lineage, the source of Olubadan.

Oba Akanbi is maternally related to the Alliwo Compound where he was said to have lived for many years.

Oba Akanbi described the visit as a friendly father and son meeting.

He prayed for a successful reign for Oba Olalekan Balogun Okunmade

Here are pictures of the visit:

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