Court discharges AIT Reporter detained by AIG Mbu for describing him as ‎controversial

Joseph Mbu

A senior magistrates’ court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja on Friday, discharged a reporter for the African Independent Television, AIT, Amaechi Anakwue, in a case of alleged character defamation brought against him by the Nigeria Police Force.

Mr. Anakwe was detained Thursday morning after he reported at the Zone 7 police headquarters in Abuja, on the invitation of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in charge of the Zone, Joseph Mbu
His discharge by the magistrate, Anthony Ogboi, was sequel to an application by the prosecution to withdraw the case from court.

Mr. Anakwue, 40, was alleged to have referred to Mr. Mbu, as “controversial” in a programme broadcast on AIT.
In discharging the journalist, Judge Ogboi said that the case had been struck out and ordered the accused not be arrested for the same offence again.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Chijioke Okeizie, had applied for withdrawal of the matter without mentioning the First Information Report, FIR, in open court.

He told the court that the reason for the withdrawal of the case was “best known to the nominal complainant.”
At that, counsel to Mr. Anakwue, Nwoke Kalu, prayed the court to grant the accused protection against further arrest on the same offence.

The magistrate granted the withdrawal application and plea of the accused and discharged him accordingly.


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  • John S.

    He should counter sue Mbu period.

  • Remi

    I had hope the “thomas” of our time will make some comments about what happened in court. He all but said the report was false defending the police. I hope in future he would not make such hopeless comments.

  • King Carlos

    The judiciary can still rescue what is left of our democracy.

  • DanYaro

    The journalist should wait for Supreme AIG Mbu to retire front he force and then sue the useless Oga Olopa for his pension and gratuity, plus all the checkpoint bribes and “stolen” loot – drive the police thief to penury and his 6 x 6 ft.

    • femi

      He can sue him now by the time he gets judgement he would be out of the force

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Is defamation per se a criminal offence? In other words are all perceived cases of defamation criminal in nature? Would calling somebody else, ‘controversial’ amount to a criminal offence?

  • sanetalk

    It is now obvious that governor Amaechi was not crying wolf about this man, he is exhibiting the signs of power drunkenness and his continued stay in office spells danger. I wish he had allowed the case to run its course, then he would have had eggs on his face and learnt how not to misuse power. How does the ‘controversial’ comment constitute a criminal act, at worst he could institute a civil action.

  • Arogbo

    Mbu does not belong in the police force and he needs to be fired immediately. Who does this son of a gun think he is?

  • Maria

    This animal can only be a police in the mother jungle called Nigeria.

  • femi

    This animal Mbu self it is a shame that this nuisance is still in the police force send him to bornu state to fight Boko haram as they are birds of the same feathers animals