By Chinyere Omeire
A 49-year-old Lagos man, Timothy Chukwudi, has been arraigned in court for falsely describing one Chika Eze and Sunday Akpoyibo as ritualists on WhatsApp platforms.
Chukwudi was docked before an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for publishing false information against the two men on different WhatsApp platforms.
He was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on publishing false information.
The prosecutor, ASP Benedict Aigbokhan, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in February 2022 and March 2023, at Ijegun, Lagos State.
According to the prosecutor, the defendant published obscene articles on WhatsApp platforms about the complainants, Chika Eze and Sunday Akpoyibo.
“The defendant published on WhatsApp platforms that the complainants were ritualists.
“When confronted, he threatened to deal with them in other to intimidate and put fear in the complainants,” Aigbokhan said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 39, 56 and 150 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
But Chikwudi pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him by the police.
The Magistrate, Miss K. A. Ariyo, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Ariyo ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and that one of them must be a blood relation of the defendant.
She adjourned the case until April 14 for mention.