Two Tiktokers Arraigned for allegedly defaming Lagos monarch

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Two Tiktokers: Adesola James and Odunmosun Awiye, were on Tuesday brought before the Federal High Court, Lagos State.

The duo operating under the pseudonyms: Arifanla Jogun Omo Odo Agba and Okiki-OshunT, respectively are facing prosecution bordering on alleged cyberstalking, illegal publication and defamation of the monarch of Ikate-Elegunshi, Oba Saheed Elegushi.

Justice Abimbola Awogboro heard from police prosecutor, Nosa Uhumwangho, that the duo committed the offences between December 2023 and March 2024.

Uhumwangho said James and Awiye calumniated Elegushi through their Tiktok platforms, ‘Arifanla and Jogun Omo Odo Agba,’ Facebook, WhatsApp and some other social media.

The prosecutor further told the court that their actions brought insult, injury, criminal intimidation, hatred or needless anxiety to the monarch and the people of the Ikate Kingdom.

The offences allegedly committed are punishable under Sections 24(1)(b)(2)(a)(i) of the Cybercrimes Act, 2015, and Sections 374 and 375 of the Criminal Code Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The defendants, however pleaded not guilty to the charges, following which the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendants till the determination of the charge.

Justice Awogboro in her ruling on the bail applications, admitted each of the two Tiktokers to bail in the sum of N100 million, with two sureties in like sum.

She went on to order that the two Tiktokers be remanded in the Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending when they can perfect their bail terms, and adjourned the case till June 4 and 5, 2024, for further hearing.

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