Popular Lagos-based journalist, Kemi Olulonyo and Publisher of Rivers Today, a local tabloid in Port Harcourt, Samuel Walson are facing a four count charge of defamation and false publication against the General Overseer of Salvation Ministries, David Ibiyomie. However, a defamation suit against two journalists today suffered a setback in a Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt.
The court which was meant to take the bail application of the two journalists could not sit because Magistrate Alatua Fubara was indisposed.
In the meantime, Thursday, March 30th has been fixed as new date to hear the bail application. Speaking with newsmen, Counsels to the two journalists, Fibi Fawehimi and Eugene Maeba said there was a plot to gag the media.
Fifty-two year old Kemi Olulonyo has been in detention for more than one week over a charge that is bailable. Local and international journalists thronged the court in solidarity with their arrested colleagues.
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