Court leaves Chioma in custody for defamation

  • Mrs. Chioma Egodi was remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Center in Suleja on charges of defamation.
  • Judge Peter Lifu postponed the ruling on her bail application until Friday, taking into account the arguments of her lawyer and the prosecutor

A Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded Mrs. Chioma Egodi to the Nigerian Correctional Center, Suleja on charges of defamation. Judge Peter Lifu ordered the remand on Tuesday after Egodi pleaded not guilty to the two charges under the Cybercrime Act of 2015.

The judge decided on Friday her bail application, filed by her lawyer, Inibehe Effiong. Effiong presented a medical report stating that his client suffered a miscarriage due to the psychological trauma of the case.

However, the prosecutor, Abdulrashid Sidi, asked the court to reject the bail application, citing a history of the suspect possibly defaulting on bail. Sidi informed the court that Egodi had previously failed to comply with the terms of her initial administrative bail and was unlikely to comply with the new conditions.

Unable to make a ruling immediately, Judge Lifu postponed it until Friday. The main hearing begins on June 13.

The Inspector General of Police has filed charges against Chioma, Happiness Obas and Don Kashking, who are currently at large. The charge alleges a conspiracy to use a Facebook account, “Chioma Egodi Jnr”, to incite people against Erisco Foods Limited.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants are knowingly spreading false information to cause annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will or unnecessary fear to Erisco Foods Limited, its management and its family members.

These offenses violate Article 27(1)(b) and Article 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrime Prohibition Act.

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