Segun Onibiyo

A Kaduna State High Court yesterday admitted Segun Onibiyo, a reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), to bail in the sum of N2 million.

He is charged with defamation of character and false statement against Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Onibiyo is accused of inciting disturbance, defamation of character and injurious falsehood against the Kaduna State governor on his Facebook account.

The judge, Justice Darius Khoboh, granted Onibiyo bail in the sum of N2 million and a surety in the like sum.

He ordered that the surety must live within the court’s jurisdiction and must be a property owner in Kaduna.

Justice Khoboh also ordered that the property must be verified by the Kaduna Geographic Information Service.

He adjourned the matter till January 17.

According to the First Information Report (FIR), the Chief of Staff, Government House, Malam Mohammed Bashir, on November 14, wrote a letter of complaint to the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State, against the defendant.

The defendant was alleged to have posted on his Facebook page an inciting, defamatory and injurious falsehood statement against Kaduna State governor.

The offences are contrary to sections 78, 372 and 373 of the Penal Code.

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