Bank MD Shuns Pleas To Withdraw Defamatory Suit Against Blogger

Nnamdi-OkonkwoNnamdi Okonkwo, managing director, Fidelity Bank plc, was said to have shunned entreaties to withdraw his petition upon which anti-fraud police have sued a blogger, Seun Oloketuyi for defamation. Oloketuyi is being accused of defaming Okonkwo, whom he reported to have impregnated a staffer of bank and having her ejected from her matrimonial home. The police said their investigation showed the story as untrue. Nigeria Newsbreak sources said Okonkwo told emissaries sent to him that he would rather have the matter dealt with, especially since its been prosecuted by the police. Oloketuyi appeared in court Tuesday to argue his bail application. The court awarded him N3 million bail bond and two sureties, one of whom must be the accused's blood relation. The relation must show means of livelihood, and another who has a landed property in Lagos. The matter was adjourned till 4 November for trial, but Justice Mohammed Yunusa asked that Oloketuyi be remanded in Ikoyi prison pending when he fulfills his bail condition.

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Oloketuyi runs The defamation suit is believed to be his second run-in with the law in recent months. Nigeria Newsbreak gathered Oloketuyi was recently invited by the Department of State Security in Lagos over a story he published on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Oloketuyi was said to have pinned the source of the story on a former journalist working for the government, but found to be untrue. He was latter left off the hook. 

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