Nigeria/June 20, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/171 views /nigeria Court frees Nigerian blogger accused of publishing defamatory claims against Akpabio – Premium Times Nigeriashare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelA Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Wednesday dismissed a case of criminal defamation filed against a Nigerian blogger, Morgan Ukpong. Mr Ukpong publishes a popular blog, Sitippe Ke Akwa Ibom, which focuses on the happenings around Akwa Ibom State. He was arrested in December last year, detained for two nights in the police cell, and later arraigned before a magistrate for allegedly publishing defamatory materials against Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state. ALSO READ Malabu Scandal: Jonathan replies Nigerian govt, speaks on role - Premium Times NigeriaThe police subsequently withdrew the case from the magistrate court and filed fresh charges at the high court against the blogger. The judge, A. Okeke, dismissed the case for want of diligent prosecution after the police failed to present a single witness against Mr Ukpong; the complainant, Mr Akpabio, repeatedly failed to appear in court, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. ALSO READ Kidnapping: Ambode summons emergency Security Meeting“Morgan was arrested on a petition by Godswill Akpabio, from the evidence the prosecution forwarded to us in court, we have a document bearing his name, handwriting, and signature,” Ewa Okpo, one of the lawyers who defended Mr Morgan told PREMIUM TIMES, Wednesday night. “Nsima Ekere, the former managing director of the NDDC (Niger Delta Development Commission), was also a complainant in the case,” Mr Okpo said. ALSO READ Ekiti, Osun Election Tribunal: APC's senatorial ticket in Bauchi to Bulkachuwa suspicious ― PDPThe blogger, Mr Morgan, told PREMIUM TIMES he was happy the case was now over. “I thank the judiciary for remaining the hope of a common man,” he said. “The case against me was politically motivated because the website they said published the story is not even mine.” Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:nigeria share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleIDB continues expansion plan with opening of new branch downtown Cairo – Daily News Egyptnext articleCounselor Lutterodt Reveals Akuapem Poloo’s Secret…As Payback For Attacking HimRelated PostsNigeria/July 16, 2019 /No Comment 7 Quick Facts About BBNaija 2019 Evicted Housemate, Ella430 shares Nigeria/July 16, 2019 /No Comment Seyi Makinde Declares Assets Public | NigerianMonitorSen. Nwaoboshi Floors Ned Nwoko At Supreme CourtChelsea Don’t Need New Players To Be Successful – LampardGov. Makinde Declares Assets Worth Over N48bnPDP witness raises allegation of $10,000 bribe against INEC officer at tribunal – Daily Post NigeriaBREAKING: My Father Told Me Atiku Is Born Nigerian – PDP’s WitnessNetflix removes suicide scene from ’13 Reasons Why’ | The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World NewsNetflix removes suicide scene from ’13 Reasons Why’ | The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World NewsAFCON 2019: Pinnick takes final decision on Rohr’s future as Super Eagles head coach – Daily Post Nigeria Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.