By Brave Dickson
Attempt by the Ahoada West Local Government Chairman, Hon Hope Ikiriko to jail a Port Harcourt Rights Activist, Santos Owolo Santos for defaming his reputation has suffered setback in court.
The defendant had told our correspondent that the council boss got angry because he (Santos) accused him of having intercourse with his female personal assistant.
The embattled activist said trouble started when he reminded the LG boss of his unfulfilled electioneering promises to the people.
“Then his Personal Assistant on Student Affairs, Eunice Uyi told me to allow the chairman to rest and that if it is money I needed, she can give me.
“I said to her that was it because the chairman is having intercourse with her and for that reason made her his aide that she now thinks she can pay me? .
“The chairman heard it, got angry and dragged me to court for defamation, insisting that I must retract my statement and apologize to him or risked being jailed,” Santos narrated.
The activist also told our correspondent that the trial high court in its wisdom said nobody should be made to suffer injustice and ordered the plaintiff to serve the defendant properly.
The court therefore adjourned the case till November 11,2020, after the defendant had spent a total of 18 days both in police and prison custodies before his release.