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Two Tiktokers are arraigned for defaming Oba Elegushi

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Two Tiktokers arraigned for defaming Oba Elegushi

Nigerian Police have arrested and arraigned two Tiktokers for defaming Lagos monarch, Oba ElegushiTwo Tiktokers arraigned for defaming Oba Elegushi

The two TikTokers, Adesola James and Odunmosun Awiye, were arrested by the Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday and arraigned before the Federal High Court, Lagos State, for alleged cyberstalking, illegal publication, and defamation of character against the monarch of Ikate-Elegunshi, Oba Saheed Elegushi.

The defendants, known as Arifanla Jogun Omo Odo Agba and Okiki-OshunT, respectively, faced a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, cyberbullying, and defamation before Justice Abimbola Awogboro.

According to the police prosecutor, Nosa Uhumwangho, the duo committed the offences between December 2023 and March 2024, using their TikTok platform and other social media handles like WhatsApp and Facebook to publish audible sounds and defamatory content.

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The prosecutor alleged that their actions caused insult, injury, criminal intimidation, hatred, and needless anxiety to the monarch and the people of the Ikate Kingdom.

The offences are punishable under the Cybercrimes Act, 2015, and the Criminal Code Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

James and Awiye pleaded not guilty to the charges, and their lawyers, P. O. Gongo and Elias Nwagiugwu, filed bail applications on their behalf.

The prosecutor did not oppose the bail applications but urged the court to use its discretion in granting them.

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Justice Awogboro admitted each defendant to bail in the sum of N100 million with two sureties in like sum, who must be blood relations with paid tax and means of livelihood.

The defendants were remanded in the Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending the perfection of their bail terms.

The case was adjourned until June 4 and 5, 2024, for further hearing.

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