False allegation: Blogger begs Amosun for forgiveness

The blogger who was arrested by policemen in Ogun State last month and charged to court  for allegedly writing a false report against the wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, Emmanuel Ojo, has apologised  to the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

In a statement he personally signed in Abeokuta on Wednesday, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent, he said the action was not aimed at maligning the state governor or any of his family members.

Ojo, who had been arrested and released on bail, was charged for publishing a false news with intent to malign, cause hatred against the wife of the governor which was punishable under section 516 of criminal code cap 24 vol. 2 Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.The blogger had posted a story on his facebook page that Mrs. Amosun had been arrested and detained in London over money laundering to the tune of $300,000.

The  blogger said he had received good counsel from some stakeholders in the state, mainly  community  and spiritual  leaders, asking him to embrace peace by seeking alternative means of settling the impasse.

Ojo said he had also directed his lawyers to withdraw the case he instituted against the governor’s  Chief  security Officer as part of the peace moves.

He said, “In the spirit of ‘Omoluabi,’ I hereby apologise for any inconvenience or embarrassment that the said Facebook posting might have caused the state government or the family of the amiable governor.

“I have also directed my lawyers to withdraw the case instituted against the governor’s CSO in the interest of peace.

“Let me reiterate, at this juncture, that it is not my wish at anytime to malign anyone, particularly the state governor or any of his family members.

“It is the peace, prosperity and progress of my dear Ogun State that I seek. I believe the state governor, being the father of all in the state, will appreciate this and be benevolent on the matter.”


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