JUST IN: Former PDP Spokesman Sent to Jail, Details Emerge

JUST IN: Former PDP Spokesman Sent to Jail, Details Emerge

  • A magistrate court has remanded PDP's Chika Nwoba in a correctional centre for alleged defamation
  • Nwoba, a prominent social media personality, who appeared in court on Tuesday, February 13, is also being grilled over alleged conspiracy and false publication
  • The PDP stalwart was arrested on Sunday, February 11, 2024, following a petition by the Ebonyi state commissioner for commerce and industry

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering politics and governance.

Abakaliki, Ebonyi state - Chika Nwoba, a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi state, has been ordered to be remanded in a correctional centre.

As reported by Vanguard newspaper, Nwoba was remanded in prison custody by an Abakaliki magistrate court.

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Nwoba is always having running battles with government officials over his critical comments on social media, especially on Facebook. Photo credit: Nwoba Chika Nwoba
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The former PDP spokesperson who appeared in court on Tuesday, February 13, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, false publication and defamation.

The police arrested him on Sunday, February 11, following a petition by the commissioner for commerce and industry in Ebonyi state, Oguzor Offia-Nwali, Premium Times noted.

Ebonyi is an All Progressives Congress (APC-controlled) state.

The prosecutor, Chinagorom Eze, told the court:

"That you Nwoba Chika, ‘m’ and others now at large on February 6 at Abakaliki, within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit:
“Threat to life, publishing false information and thereby committing an offence punishable under section 516 A (a) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33 Vol. 1 Laws of Ebonyi state of Nigeria, 2009."

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Ruling on the matter, the magistrate, Lilian Ogodo, said the proper place for the arguement is at the state high court because the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

She, therefore, remanded the accused at the Abakaliki correctional facility and ordered that the case file be transmitted to the ministry of justice for action.

Ogodo adjourned the matter to Friday, March 1, 2024.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nwoba said he was almost executed the first time he attempted to urgently rent an apartment in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Chika bemoaned the lack of understanding concerning his "political activism", adding that he "lived so much in isolation" in 2017 (the first two years of former governor, Dave Umahi's administration).

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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