Ogun State Police Command yesterday arraigned a social media activist, Emmanuel Adediran, before an Ogun State Magistrate Court for allegedly defaming the wife of the State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun.
Adediran, who pleaded not guilty to the eight-count charge brought against him in case number MA/430C/2015, was however granted bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like some.
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 properties.
The sureties, according to the ruling, should also submit the documents of the landed properties with the court and must also show evidence of regular tax payment to the government.
According to the charge sheet which was accessed by our corresponcent, Adediran 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 information on his Facebook account, alleging that Mrs Amosun was arrested in London for money laundry with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public and to expose her to hatred and contempt before the public.
He was also accused of assaulting one Superintendent of Police, Katibi Biliamin, 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 activist on the said date had published the said information on his Facebook account with the name Sf Emmanuel Adediran Ojo II, alleging that Mrs Amosun was in detention in UK for money laundering.
A copy of the publication read in part: “She was arrested in oversea (sic) for money laundry running into hundreds of million dollars. The said money was transported in a briefcase but luck ran out of her when she was accosted by a foreign security agency to explain where she got the money from and what it was meant for. Trust a thief, she was unable to provide convincing explanations.
“It is on record that this isn’t the first time she’s indulging in such deal. According to a reliable source, several high net worth properties can be directly linked to her and the Governor in countries like Dubai (where they have a huge shopping mall); South Africa (where they recently acquired a large estate); and in UK to mention but few.

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