The case against Akwa Ibom based journalist, Gideon Ekere, who was charged with criminal defamation before a magistrate court, for linking the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, to a sex story published in his newspaper resumes on Thursday.
Ekere had alleged in a 2015 story published in The Global Post, which he owns and edits, that four Chinese construction workers working on the governor’s country home, in Onna, were involved in a sex orgy that led to the death of a local woman.
Reportedly acting on orders by Gov. Emmanuel, the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Ekere and arraigned him before a magistrate court in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, in February this year.
The case which was being prosecuted by the Nigerian police, has now been taken over by the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Justice.
Ekere is scheduled to appear again on Thursday, November 3, before the magistrate, Idongesit Isua.
According to Ekere’s lawyer, Victor Iyanam, who spoke to Premium Times, the case lacked merit. He said he had already filed a motion for stay of proceedings pending a High Court judgment on the constitutionality of the law in which he was being tried under.