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Abuja woman arraigned in court for allegedly defaming Akwa Ibom Governor

A 37-year-old woman, Blessing Edet, has been arraigned before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja, for allegedly defaming the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel. 

Edet pleaded not guilty to the six-count charge slammed against her by the Nigerian Police. The charge read; 

“That you, Blessing Edet, 37, of No. 18 Buchanan Crescent Wuse II, Abuja, on or before April 11, 2020, sent messages or other matter with the captioned ‘names of married women/politicians’ wives sleeping with Gov. Emmanuel loading through your Facebook page.”

She was also accused of sending a message with the caption “So, we are going dirty. It’s time to break the final table, stay tuned,” through her Facebook page.

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It was further alleged that she wrote on Facebook “Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs and Agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, was the actual First Lady of Akwa Ibom, who has overthrown the real wife of the governor.”

Justice Mohammed who presided over the case, granted Edet bail in the sum of N500,000 with a surety in the like sum. The surety should be a civil servant or somebody with a reasonable means of income.

Edet was also asked to deposit her passport with the court registry. Failure to meet the terms will lead to her being remanded at Suleja Correctional Centre pending the fulfilment of the bail conditions.

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The judge then adjourned the matter till May 10 for trial.

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