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Onoh’s son arraigned for defamation, gets bail

By Tony Edike

ENUGU— Mr. Joseph Onoh, last son of the late civilian Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Christian Onoh has been arraigned before an Enugu Magistrate court on a five-count charge of conspiracy and defamation.

The 40 year-old Joseph, who was Chairman of Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation in the last dispensation, was charged and remanded in prison custody on Tuesday, but the court granted him bail yesterday.

He was charged alongside a correspondent of the Sun Newspaper, Mr. Goddy Osuji, who is said to be “at large”.

In the charge brought against them by the police, Joseph was alleged to have conspired with Goddy Osuji to commit a misdemeanour by the publication of a defamatory matter and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 496(a) of the criminal code laws of Enugu State , 2004.

They were also charged with intent to injure the reputation of Ifeoma Nwobodo, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Enugu by exposing her to hatred, contempt, ridicule and to damage her profession or trade, by publishing in pages 4 and 24 of Daily Sun Newspaper of August 24, 2009, defamatory matters which in summary portray her as a corrupt public official, who has abused her position in the public service of Enugu state.


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