The absence of a witness, Simbi Wabote, on Monday stalled the trial of a Bayelsa-based blogger, Bara Ogidi, for alleged cyberstalking in the Federal High Court in Yenagoa.
The Department of State Security (DSS) accused Ogidi of false reporting targeting Wabote, who is the executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
Wabote, who was on the trial’s star witness list, due to testify at the trial before Judge Isa Dashen, was inevitably absent.
The judge adjourned the case until November 1.
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The DSS said Ogidi had in a report claimed that the head of the NCDMB offered him 10 million naira to testify against the publisher of an online platform, PointBlankNews, Mr Jackson Ude in a libel suit .
The publication, according to the agency, caused annoyance, enmity, hatred and ill will towards Wabote.
He added that the offense was contrary to section 24(1) b of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under it.
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