Emmanuel Ojo, a blogger who was arrested by the Ogun state police command and charged to court for writing a false report against Ibikunle Amosun’s wife, has apologized to the governor.
On Wednesday, November 4, the blogger made a statement, in which he said that his action was not aimed at maligning the governor or his wife.
“In the spirit of ‘Omoluabi’ I hereby apologize for any inconvenience or embarrassment that the said Facebook posting might have caused the state government or the family of the amiable governor.
“I have also directed my lawyers to withdraw the case instituted against the governor’s CSO in the interest of peace.
“Let me reiterate at this juncture, that it is not my wish at anytime to malign anyone particularly the state governor or any of his family members. It is the peace, prosperity and progress of my dear Ogun state that I seek. I believe the state governor, being the father of all in the state will appreciate this and be benevolent on the matter,” the statement read.
UPDATED on October 6
Emmanuel Ojo sued the Ogun state police command and Katib Biliamin, the chief security officer to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, over his arrest and detention.
The blogger is demanding N150 million in damages and asking them to tender an apology in two national newspapers for his unlawful detention.
In a notice filed in the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division, by his lawyer, the blogger asked the court for “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from arresting and or detaining him solely on account of alleged publication against Mrs Amosun."
The date for the hearing of the matter has not been fixed yet.
UPDATED on September 30
The Ogun state police command arraigned Emmanuel Ojo before the state magistrates' court for allegedly writing a false report against Olufunsho Amosun, the wife of the Ogun state governor.
Vanguard reports that the accused, who pleaded not guilty to the eight-count charge against him, was granted bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in the like sum.
In the charge sheet, Ojo was accused of publishing a false report, intending to slander, causing hatred against Mrs Amosun.
INITIAL REPORT published on September 29
The Ogun state police command confirmed the arrest of Emmanuel Ojo who published a Facebook post in which he accused the First Lady of Ogun state of money laundering.
Speaking with The Punch, Muyiwa Adejobi, the state police public relations officer, said Ojo was being detained at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta for questioning.
Adejobi disclosed that the suspect was trailed and arrested by security men on Saturday, September 26.
The blogger was apprehended for a story in which he alleged that Mrs Amosun was quizzed in London for money laundering. According to him, the First Lady was detained by the London police for being in possession of $300,000.
Reacting to the accusations, Mrs Amosun described the story as false and denied being involved in any money-laundering saga.
Adejobi said the police command received a complaint from the state government over what they termed a false publication.
“We received a complaint from the state government on the suspect, and he was arrested. Presently, he is with us at Eleweran. We are still conducting our investigations. If he is found wanting, he will be charged to court accordingly,” he added.
Meanwhile, Taiwo Adeoluwa, the secretary to the state government, said Governor Ibikunle Amosun was not connected with the arrest of the blogger, as being speculated in some quarters. However, he confirmed the government made a formal complaint to the police about the false allegation against Mrs Amosun.
“The government reported the matter formally to the police and the state Director, Department of Security Services.
“The report by the blogger on the First lady is false and calculated to rubbish her image. The governor just arrived from the holy pilgrimage on Sunday; so he did not order the arrest of the blogger," Adeoluwa added.