Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday remanded a journalist, Rotimi Jolayemi, also known as Oba Akewi, for allegedly criticizing Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in a poem he shared on social media.
The judge ordered Jolayemi’s remand after he was arraigned on six counts, including alleged spreading of an audio file that allegedly caused annoyance, ill will, hatred, and insults towards the minister.
Justice Chikere ordered the defendant to be kept in the Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department headquarters, in Abuja, pending the hearing of his bail application.
Jolayemi was finally arraigned on Friday after spending over a month in police custody.
Interestingly, the judge did not rebuke the police for keeping the accused over the time limit allowed by law.