These are really trying times for controversial blogger and investigative journalist Kemi Olunloyo as hours after she was granted bail by a Magistrate Court, the decision was overruled by a higher court denying her bail for the second time in two weeks.
The earlier ruling by the Magistrate Court was overruled by a Federal High Court sitting in Rivers State, denying the daughter of former governor of Oyo State freedom to go home.
However, charges against Port Harcourt-based publisher, Samuel Walson, who was arrested on the same day with Kemi were dropped.
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Kemi and Walson were both detained at the Port Harcourt prison following a petition written to the Nigerian Police Force by Pastor David Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministries who claimed they both defamed by him.
Recall last week, Kemi’s bail hearing was stalled following the absence of a magistrate, Alatuwo Fubara, of the Port Harcourt Magistrate’s Court due to illness.
The absence of the court magistrate forced the court to however fix March 30, 2017, (yesterday) for hearing on the bail application of the two journalists.
Kemi was arrested at her Ibadan home while Walson was nabbed in Port Harcourt by security operatives but the latter has now been left off the hook even as the High Court ruling now condemns the former to spend more time in police custody.
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