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Alleged Cyber Bullying: Court remands blogger

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The Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, presided over by Justice Akintayo Aluko, yesterday, directed the remand of a blogger, Chizorom Harrison Ofoegbu, for alleged Cyberstalking, and defamation of the character of the spiritual director, Zion Movement Outreach Ministry, Evangelist Ebuka Obi.

The judge took the decision after the blogger pleaded not guilty to the three counts of conspiracy, cyberstalking and publishing vexatious and obnoxious publications against the person of the cleric.

While the arraignment lasted, the counsel for the Police, Peter Ajike hinted to the court that he had a pending charge against the blogger and that he was replacing the charge with an amended one dated April 15, 2024.

Even though the counsel for the blogger, Femi Falana (SAN),  had objected to the amended charge on the ground that he was not served, he withdrew his objection upon being served with the said amended charge in the courtroom.

Consequently, based on the not-guilty plea of Ofoegbu, the SAN orally applied for his bail.

Falana cited the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case between Chief MKO Abiola (late) and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, delivered by Justice Abdulahi (JCA).

The SAN therefore asked Justice Aluko to apply its discretion in granting the oral application for bail.

In his opposition, the prosecutor, Ajike prayed the court to discountenance the oral bail application, adding that the court is a court of record.

Ajike urged Justice Aluko to remand the defendant in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), until when his bail application is filed and determined.

But Falana (SAN) begged the court to remand the defendant to the police facility, where he has been remanded for two months.

The SAN specifically told the court that the defendant has been in police custody, Abuja, since March.

In his ruling, Justice Aluko held that every case has their peculiarity and that the charge against the defendant has its peculiarity.

In ordering that a former bail application be filed, Justice Aluko granted the submission of the prosecutor and directed that the defendant be remanded to the NCoS pending the hearing and determination of his bail on May 30.

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