Famous Nigerian blogger, Chris Kehinde Nwandu popularly known as CKN, who is being illegally detained in Ikoyi maximum prisons for republishing a purportedly libellous story is very sick after being denied bail three times, his wife said in a heartbreaking message on Friday.
The blogger, who did not murder anyone, is accused of being an accomplice to defamation under the Cybercrime Act for posting a story on his wall written by a blogger accusing the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank of infidelity.
He has been in detention since last week and has reportedly been denied bail three times.
“Why is he being denied bail? In whose interest is it that he remains in detention ad infinitum? Something is seriously wrong here. We should not keep quiet on this,” asked Nigerian journalist Nnamdi Okosieme.
Here’s his wife account of his ordeal below as posted by Mr. Okosieme on Facebook.
“My husband’s right to bail and due process of the law is being abused by the Police at FSU. He has a right to face his accusers in the court and defend himself from the allegations. He appeared three times before the honorable Judge Muhammad Yunusa; each time he was denied bail without reasons. He is being charged with “accomplice to defamation” because he reposted a story of alleged affairs and infidelity involving the MD of Fidelity Bank of Nigeria. Yesterday was the third time my husband’s bail application was postponed.
My husband is now very sick at the Ikoyi prison due to the unhealthy and inhuman condition of the prison. His life is continuously under threat and harassment in prison. I am pleading to Nigeria’s Human Rights organizations, the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Union of Journalists, the National Human Rights Commission and Nigerians and world leaders and media organizations to help me seek bail for my husband. If he has been charged with any crime, he should not be in Jail, he should be given his due process and let justice prevail.
Please Justice Muhammad Yunusa, let my husband be bailed out so that he would face the charges in court of law, not in Prison. He is innocent until proven guilty. PLEASE SET MY HUSBAND FREE. ALLOW DUE PROCESS OF THE LAW.
GRANT MY HUSBAND and Colleague BAIL NOW