DSS arraigns Facebook user over post that ‘embarrassed’ Osun speaker, Timothy Owoeye


The Department of State Services, DSS, on Monday arraigned a 48-year old man, Joshua Sayo, before an Osun State Magistrate Court for allegedly defaming Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Timothy Owoeye.

Sayo was arraigned over a Facebook post he made on June 19, 2020.

The DSS Prosecutor, Barr B.O Nweke told the court that the defendant committed the offence in Osogbo.

Nweke alleged that the defendant defamed Osun State House of Assembly Speaker by publishing contemptuous pictures and words on a Facebook account “Sayo Oki” against him.

He further said the accused committed an offence contrary to Section 374(1)b & 374 and punishable under Section 375 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol. 2 Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the defamation allegation.

The Defense Counsel, Ibraheem Imran asked the court to grant the accused bail in the most liberal term.

In her ruling Magistrate, Modupe Awodele granted bail to the accused bail in the sum of 100,000 Naira with 2 sureties in like sum.

She thereafter adjourned the case till Tuesday, July 14, 2020, for hearing.