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Police arraigns woman for allegedly defaming Akwa Ibom governor



Police on Tuesday arraigned a 37-year-old woman, Blessing Edet, at the Federal High Court, Abuja for allegedly defaming the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

Edet, who was arraigned on a six-count charge of defamation, however, pleaded not guilty.

She was accused of sending inciting messages against the governor on her Facebook page.

One of the charges read: “You Blessing Ossom Edet ‘F’ 37 years of No. 18 Buchanan Crescent Wuse II, Abuja, on or before April 11, 2020, sent messages or other matter with the caption: ‘Names of Married Women/Politicians’ Wives Sleeping with Governor Emmanuel Loading.”

The act, according to the police, was grossly offensive and punishable under Section 24 (a) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015.

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However, Justice Ahmed Mohammed granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with a surety in the like sum.

He added that the surety should be a civil servant with a reasonable means of income.

The judge ordered Edet to deposit her international passport with the court registrar after the hearing.

He adjourned the matter till May 10 for trial.

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