Alleged Defamation: Magistrate court remands two journalist in Kwara, adjourns case
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on October 14, 2022
There was a mild drama at the premises of the Kwara State Magistrate court today as the Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners and other Journalists insisted that a remand warrant must be provided before taking their colleagues, Dare Akogun and Abdulrasheed Akogun to the Correction centre.
It is recalled that the Chief Press Secretary to Kwara state Governor Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye, through a petition letter to the Commissioner of Police had accused the duo of defamation and inciting the public against the government.
Ajakaye said Abdulrasheed posted a comment on a popular WhatsApp platform, Kwara Commission, accusing the government of the day of being most corrupt and facilitating fifteen million naira to prosecute the last election of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Kwara State chapter.
Kwara state government prosecutor, Nasir Yusuf, in his submissions, prayed the court for another date of adjournment pending the determination of police investigation over the matter.
He informed the court of the motion exparte attached to the police report seeking the remand of the suspects and the eleven paragraph affidavit deposed to which was attached to it.
Magistrate Bio Salihu who presided over the matter however turned down Barrister Kehinde Eleja’s appearance for the suspects saying according to Kwara State law, he lacks jurisdiction to hear him being a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Magistrate Salihu, in his short ruling, ordered the duo, Dare and Abdulrasheed be remanded in Oke-Kura custodian centre while the matter was adjourned to 19th of this month.
Sobi FM News Editor Dare Akogun with his brother, AbdulRasheed Akogun Publisher of fresh insight Online news medium were arrested by the Nigeria Police following a petition written by the Kwara State Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, accusing the duo of inciting the public against the Kwara state government.
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