Written by on November 29, 2021

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has quashed the criminal defamation charge filed against the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere by the Inspector General of Police.

Justice Binta Mohammed in her judgment further restrained the Wuse Chief Magistrate, Idayat Olaide from proceedings with the trial which was instigated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and the Clerk of the National Assembly.

Accordingly, the court restrained the Defendants, whether by themselves or acting jointly or through their agents, prohibiting them from further conducting any hearing or proceedings against the Applicant in the matter of Commissioner of Police v. Ikenga Ugochinyere before the Chief Magistrate’s Court, Abuja or on any facts constituting the same subject matter.

By the order of the Court, the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies are hereby effectively restrained from arresting or prosecuting Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere on the set of facts which comprised the allegation brought against him by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and his allies.

The CUPP Spokesperson welcomed the judgement of the court.

On 22nd June 2020, the CUPP Spokesperson was arraigned before the Wuse Zone 2 Chief Magistrate Court on allegations of criminal defamation following the report of the Speaker and the Clerk of the

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