An Enugu Magistrate Court on Tuesday, docked one John Ali, a 90-year-old man, over alleged defamation leading to the arrest of three men identified as Chinedu Urama, Alex Apeh and Ejikeme Odumegwu.
During his appearance, the Chief Magistrate, P.U Ogwilo told the court that Ali had on the 26th of May, 2017 at the Federal SARS, Enugu given false information to the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, through a petition dated 25/5/ 2017 which led to the arrest of the three men.
Ogwilo noted that Ali in the said petition, alleged that the three men were armed robbers/kidnappers, an act which the police ought not to have done if the true fact were known to them.
She said that by giving false information, leading to arrest of the men, Ali had committed an offence punishable under Section 154(1) (a)&(b) of the criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Law of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.
In his prayer however, the defendant’s counsel, Simeon Eze told the court to grant bail to his client in the most liberal terms, noting that it was a mere case of power tussle between both parties.
He noted that Ali had been granted administrative bail in 2017 and since then, he has not failed to appear before the court anytime he was invited, showing how committed he is to the case
The Chief Magistrate subsequently admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000. The case was subsequently adjourned till August 12.