ex-NASS Clerk

Court remands online publisher, National Theatre,

188
Reach the right people at the right time with Nationnewslead. Try and advertise any kind of your business to users online today. Kindly contact us for your advert or publication @ Nationnewslead@gmail.com Call or Whatsapp: 08168544205, 07055577376, 09122592273

An Apapa magistrates’ court in Lagos State on Tuesday remanded an online news publisher alongside an official of the National Theatre and his collaborator at the National Troupe of Nigeria in the Ikoyi Correctional Centre, Lagos, for the publication of false, defamatory, and malicious news reports.

The Chief Magistrate, Olanrewaju Olatunji, ordered the remand of the three suspects at the Correctional Centre pending the perfection of their bail conditions.

The defendants, the publisher of Society Reporters, an online news platform, Sunday Adebayo, along with a level 13 officer of the National Theatre, Ephesian Ndoza, an associate professor at the University of Lagos, and a level 16 officer of the National Troupe of Nigeria, Dr. Shaibu Husseini, are standing trial for defamation of character and peddling of fake news against a businessman, philanthropist, and traditional ruler of Otumara community, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye, an offence punishable under section 95 (1) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of 2015.

It would be recalled that in separate online publications, the suspects, on April 9, 2023, published defamatory reports on Society Reporters and circulated the same on Nairaland, the Aljaziran Press, and Newsbreak Naija, amongst other news platforms, under the headline, “Concerned Staff of the National Theatre petitions the ICPC to wade into the corrupt activities of top director Femi Joel and his co-conspirators.”

The prosecutor, Mike Enejere, Esq., told the court that the offences were committed on April 9, 2023, at the National Theatre, Lagos.

The charge read, “That you, Sunday Adebayo ‘M’, Shaibu Husseni ‘M’, and Ephesian Nodza ‘M, on or about the 9th of April, 2023, at the National Theatre, Lagos, within the magisterial jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to bring false accusations against the person of a traditional ruler of the Otumara community, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye, knowing full well that he is innocent of the alleged offence. You hereby committed an offence punishable under Section 95 (1) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of 2015.

That you, Sunday Adebayo ‘M’, Shaibu Husseni ‘M, and Ephesian Ndoza ‘M, on the same date, place, and within the magisterial district aforementioned, caused to be published and circulated on the Society Reporter online news platform, Nairaland, Newsbreak Naija, and Aljaziranpress information likely to provoke High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye, knowing the same to be incorrect. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 57(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of 2015.”

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Olarewaju Olatunji, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties residing within the jurisdiction. He must be gainfully employed and in grade 14 of the Federal or State Ministry but not the Ministry of Education and Information. The surety must possess landed property and not be related by blood.

The court adjourned until December 14 for the commencement of the trial or settlement.

YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THESE HEADLINES FROM NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

God said you must not marry more wives, Gbile Akanni warns new Soun of Ogbomosho

Founder of Peace House, Bro Gbile Akanni has sent a stern warning to the newly installed Soun of

How Nigeria can work again, Adebanjo, others speak

 Some of the critical issues that engaged the leaders, one of whom was among

We’ve not lifted visa ban on Nigeria  — UAE

The United Arab Emirates has contradicted claims by the Nigerian government that it is to lift a year-long visa ban on

Five ways to cope with September floods

September is the month for heavy rainfall. Already, there are alerts from government agencies on likely flooding between

#BBNaijaAllStars: Kim Oprah predicts top 3 finalists

Evicted Big Brother Naija house guest, Kim Oprah has predicted the finalists for the ongoing ‘All Stars’ edition of

LALIGA unveils vision for Africa, introduces new managing director

LALIGA, the world-renowned Spanish football league, took a significant stride towards its commitment to Africa by…


Reach the right people at the right time with Nationnewslead. Try and advertise any kind of your business to users online today. Kindly contact us for your advert or publication @ Nationnewslead@gmail.com Call or Whatsapp: 08168544205, 07055577376, 09122592273



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *