FG arraigns man who accused Fashiola of writing presidential tribunal judgment

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A man, Chike Ibezim, has been arraigned by the Federal Government for allegedly defaming a former Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

Ibezim was arraigned on Monday before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a six-count charge.

Ibezim, along with two others, claimed that Fashola authored the judgment of the presidential election petition court in favour of the All Progressives Congress over the petitions by the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party.

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.”

Fashola, however, dismissed the accusation, describing it as “unfounded and libelous.”

He also said those behind the allegation are “instigators of unrest.”

The presiding judge, Bolaji Olajuwon, however, adjourned the case till April 15 for continuation of trial.

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