A Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded Bayelsa-based publisher Saint Mienpamo in Kuje Correctional Centre following his arraignment on alleged cyber bullying.
He was arraigned for allegations bordering on defamatory publications against the interim administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Major General Barry Ndiomu (retd).
Justice Emeka Nwite, in a ruling on Thursday after Mr Mienpamo took his plea, directed the defendant to be remanded in the correctional centre until December 4 when the trial would commence.
The Inspector-General of Police is the complainant in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/492/23, while Mienpamo is the sole defendant in the application dated October 13 and filed on October 16.
Mienpamo, publisher of Naijalivetv.com, is standing trial on three-count charge bordering on alleged willful libel, threat, causing danger and insult against the PAP interim administrator. He pleaded not guilty.
His lawyer Terungwa Ananbe told the court that a bail application had been filed.
But Justice Nwite said the application was not in the court records, hence, he could not hear an application that he had not seen.
The judge consequently adjourned the matter until December 4 for trial.
Mienpamo, in one of the counts, is accused of sending a message/post by means of computer system network via his Facebook page ‘Mienpamo Onitsha Saint’ which he knew to be false for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, ill-will and needless anxiety to Ndiomu.