Nigerian Blogger Arrested and Arraigned In Court Over An Article He Wrote On Facebook About Governor Amosun's Wife

Blogger, Emmanuel Ojo was yesterday arraigned by Police Command before Ogun State magistrate court for allegedly writing a false report against the wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun.

Ojo was arrested last Saturday at Ibara area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The accused during the arraignment pleaded not guilty to the eight count charge brought against him in case number MA/430C/2015 .

He was however granted bail in the sum of One Million Naira with two sureties in the like sum.

Chief Magistrate Anthony Araba who presided over the case while granting the bail ruled that the two sureties must be residents within the jurisdiction of the court with landed properties.After meeting the bail requirements as at 4:00pm esterday the Judge of the State Magistrate court suddenly refused to sign the bail bond of Mr. Ojo Emmanuel. according to report the sudden turn of event is as a result of an order from Governor Amosun. Ojo has been taken to prison instead of his home. Against the pronouncement made.”

The judge ruled that the sureties should submit the documents of the landed properties with the court and must also show evidence of regular tax payment to the government.

In the charge sheet, Ojo was accused of publishing a false news with intent to malign, cause hatred against the wife of the Governor which was punishable under section 516 of criminal code cap 24 vol. 2 Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.

But wait oh!...Aren't we supposed to be a democratic nation where freedom of speech is allowed?
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