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Defamation: Blogger’s accomplice gets N3m bail

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of N3m to Chris Nwandu, who allegedly aided a blogger, Seun Oloketuyi, to defame the Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo.

The N3m bail was with two sureties in like sum.

Nwandu had been remanded in prison following his arraignment on two counts before Justice Mohammed Yunusa by the police.

He was accused of aiding Oloketuyi, who had been charged with defamation and cybercrime.

Oloketuyi was on August 25, 2015 arraigned on two counts for allegedly publishing defamatory story on his blog, <>, against Okonkwo.

He was accused of publishing on his blog that Okonkwo had an extra-marital affair with one Justina, a married woman working in the Marketing Department of Fidelity Bank.

Oloketuyi was alleged to have added in the publication that the affair between Okonkwo and Justina resulted in Justina’s husband, Ben, sending her out of her matrimonial home.

The blogger was alleged to have also published that Okonkwo had since sent Justina abroad for further studies and had taken over the responsibility of Justina’s children.

His alleged accomplice, Nwandu, was alleged to have posted on his Facebook page the story published by Oloketuyi, accompanied with some “purported” photographs of Okonkwo.

Like Oloketuyi, the police slammed two counts on Nwandu.

One of the counts read,”That you, Chris Kehinde Nwandu, acting in concert with one Seun Oloketuyi, on or about June 2015, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did knowingly or intentionally sent a message and pictures by means of computer system on your face book page purporting to be that of one Nnamdi Okonkwo, the Managing Director /CEO of Fidelity Bank Plc, which you know to be false, for the purpose of causing him annoyance, insult and ill will and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention etc) Act, 2015.”

The police prosecutor, Olakanmi Omisope, had added that Nwandu was liable to punishment under Section 375 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38, Laws of the Federation.

The offence is said to carry a maximum of three years imprisonment or a fine of N7m or both.

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