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FG arraigns man who accused Fashola of writing judgments for presidential election tribunal

 The federal government has arraigned one Chike Ibezim for
allegedly defaming Babatunde Fashola, former minister of works and housing.

 

Ibezim is one of three individuals who alleged that Fashola
had written the judgments of the presidential election petition court (PEPC)
that dismissed the petitions by the Labour Party (LP) and the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

Ibezim was arraigned on Monday before a federal high court
in Abuja on a six-count charge.

 

The charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/434/2023, borders on criminal
conspiracy, cyberstalking, and defamation, among others.

 

The matter is before Bolaji Olajuwon and has been adjourned
till April 15 for continuation of trial.

 

Count one of the charges reads: “That you Ibezim Chike
Victor, male with Jackson Udeh, Nnamdi Emmanuel Ibezim and Reportera.ng (body
corporate) now at large on or about 05/08/2023 at Abuja, did commit an illegal
Act to wit: criminal conspiracy; when you jointly agreed to publish a
defamatory statement of false allegations in your online social media, the
reportera.ng news, against His Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, CON,
without justification, you thereby commit offence punishable under Section
27(1)(b) of the Cyber-crime Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015.”

 

However, Fashola said the allegation was “baseless and
defamatory”.

 

The former minister described those behind the allegations
as “agents of destabilisation”.

 

 

 

 

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