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Blogger arraigned over money-laundering story against Amosun’s wife

The Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday arraigned a blogger and social media activist, Emmanuel Ojo, before an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court for allegedly publishing false news against the wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun.

The suspect, who pleaded not guilty to the eight counts brought against him in case number MA/430C/2015, was, however, granted bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in the like sum.

The Chief Magistrate, Anthony Araba, who presided over the case, also ruled that the two sureties must be residents within the jurisdiction of the court with landed property.

They (sureties), he added, should also submit the documents of the landed property with the court and also show evidence of regular tax payment to the government.

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.”

He was accused of publishing the said false information on his Facebook wall, alleging that Amosun was arrested in London for money laundering “with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public and to expose her to hatred and contempt before the public.”

Ojo was also accused of assaulting one Katibi Biliamin, a Superintendent of Police, with intention to resist or prevent lawful arrest and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 356 (1)(2) of Criminal Code Cap 24 vol 2 Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.

The accused had published on his Facebook page that the Ogun State governor’s wife had been arrested in London for laundering the sum of $300,000.

Ojo was arrested last Saturday at Ibara area of Abeokuta, after he has been reportedly placed on security watch for some time.

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