A judge remands the contentious blogger from Bayelsa to the Kuje correctional institution.

A judge remands the contentious blogger from Bayelsa to the Kuje correctional institution.
Following his arraignment on charges of cyberbullying, the Federal High Court of Abuja on Thursday ordered the remand of Mr. Saint Onitsha Mienpamo, the controversial Bayelsa blogger, in the Kuje Correctional Centre.

He was charged with making statements that appeared to be defamatory about Major General Barry Ndiomu (Rtd), the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

After Mienpamo accepted his plea, Justice Emeka Nwite issued an order directing the defendant to be remanded in the detention facility until December 4, when the trial would begin.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mienpamo is the only defendant in the application dated October 13 and filed on October 16, even though the Inspector-General (I-G) of the Police is the complainant in the case marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/492/23.

A three-count indictment pertaining to claimed willful libel, threat, causing danger, and insult against the PAP temporary administrator is currently for trial for Mienpamo, the owner of the blog Naijalivetv.com.

N.O. Eleodimio, the prosecution's attorney, informed the court that the case was scheduled for plea and that they were prepared to move forward as soon as it was called.

But after the counts were read to him, Mienpamo entered a not guilty plea to each and every one of them.

Terungwa Ananbe, his attorney, informed the court that Mienpamo had submitted an application for bail.

However, Justice Nwite stated that the application was not in the court files, and as a result, he is unable to hear a case about which he is unaware.

As a result, the judge postponed the trial until December 4. Mienpamo, the self-described ex-agitator, is charged in one of the counts with using his Facebook page, "Mienpamo Onitsha Saint," to send a false message or post that he knew would annoy, inconvenience, threaten, insult, injure, criminally intimidate, incite animosity, and cause Maj-Gen. Ndiomu (Retd).

Section 24 (1) (b) of the Cyber Crime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015 stipulates the penalties for the offense.

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