A Nigerian banker has been remanded in prison for allegedly publishing “damaging and annoying” articles on Facebook against a state governor.
The bank official, Michael Itok, was on Tuesday arraigned before a magistrate court in Uyo, by the State Security Service, SSS. He was accused of writing numerous articles against the Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, and other officials of the state government, Premium Times reports.
Mr Itok, 21, is a marketer with Prudential Microfinance Bank, Uyo.
The charge against the bank marketer reads,
“That you, Mr Michael Itok and another now at large, sometimes in October, 2019 at 1000 Units Housing Estate, Idu Uruan, Uruan Local Government Area, within the Uyo Magisterial District did constitute yourself into a nuisance by publishing damaging and annoying articles on your Facebook page with the aim of harassing, blackmailing and bringing to disrepute His Excellency Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and other staff of the Akwa Ibom State Government House, and thereby commits and offence punishable under Section 6(1) (f) of the Akwa Ibom State Internal Security and Enforcement Law, 2009.”
Mr Itok is said to have been remanded in the Uyo prison.
It is unclear, for now, if he took his plea or not. It is also unclear if he was represented by a lawyer during his arraignment.