Former General Manager of the Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. John Idumange, has been arraigned in a Magistrate court in Yenagoa for criminal defamation and seditious publication on the social media against the persons of Chief Benson Agadaga and Dr. Peter Akpe.
Idumange, who was arrested on Wednesday at the gate of a Yenagoa-based radio station had published that Chief Agadaga, and Dr. Akpe, allegedly received some millions of naira for farm clearing under an agricultural programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Bayelsa State.
Both Agadaga and Akpe, had petitioned Mr. Idumange to the police over the publication and that such allegations were false and maliciously made to tarnish their reputation on different social media platforms.
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The police only brought Idumange to court for a request to remand him to enable them carry out a thorough investigation into the matter before appropriate charges could be pressed against him.
The presiding Magistrate, Tari Mirin Johnson, granted the request of the police to remand Mr. Idumange for 30 days.
Idumange, who was accompanied into the magistrate court by Chief Nengi James of the Civil Liberties Organisation.
After the court’s pronouncement, Idumange was seen driven back to the police station in the tricycle, popularly called “keke”.