A federal high court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned the case of criminal defamation and cyber stalking suit filed by acclaimed billionaire and former lawmaker, Ned Nwoko against the human rights activist , Omoyele Sowore and an online platform, SaharaReporters.
The case which was scheduled for arraignment before Justice Emeka Nwite could not go on the last date following a motion on notice filed by Sowore’s lawyer, Barr.Tope Temokun over improper service of processes of 2nd and 3rd defendants on Sowore who is the 1st defendant in the case.
Temokun objected the service of processes of 2nd 3rd defendants on his client saying that it violated the provisions of Administration of Criminal Justice Act ( ACJA ) 2015 and that Sowore was an individual while SaharaReporters and SaharaReporters Media Group Incorporated were legal entity.
The motion is asking the court to set aside the amended charge where SaharaReporters and SaharaReporters Media Group Incorporated were smuggled into the case joining them as 2nd and 3rd respectively.
He told the court that Sowore was not a director of the companies as claimed by the prosecution adding that he had been confined in the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT ) since 2018.
He asked the prosecution counsel, E.A Inegbenoise to come up with the evidence to support the claim that 1st defendant was a director of SaharaReporters and SaharaReporters Media Group Incorporated.
Tope Temokun also, by a motion dated May 15, 2022, is also challenging the competency of the charge, praying the court to quash the entire charge against the second defendant, Sahara Reporters limited and some of the counts against the first defendant, Omoyele Sowore.
The Prosecution counsel today April 25, 2026, prayed the court for adjournment on the ground of health.
After hearing the counsels, on the prosecution application for adjournment which was not opposed by the defendants’ counsel, the court adjourned to June 15, 2023