Controversial Journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, has pleaded with Nigerians to come to her aid as she remains jailed in Port Harcourt prison due to her inability to meet her N1 million bail condition. Kemi has been incarcerated since March 14, 2017, when she was reportedly arrested on the orders of the Inspector General of Police over a story she wrote about actress Iyabo Ojo and Pastor David Ibiyeomie committing adultery.
She took to her IG days after to write an open letter (presumably through the help of an aide) where she said that all she published was a letter from a member of the pastor’s church. She wrote, “Dear Media, friends, fans. I was driven by the NPF to Port Harcourt on orders of the IG. Pastor David Ibiyeomie says I criminally defamed him because I posted a letter his church member sent to me alleging corruption and adultery. Both newsmakers refused to answer the allegations but Ibiyeomie called me several times to threaten me with lawsuits, death from above and misfortune. Church spokesman did the same with Danielle Ogbeche of Daily Post too. I have been charged with a cybercrime along with a Rivers state journalist who simply syndicated my story. 500 blogs did. Cybercrime? in the Nigerian constitution and remanded in prison. Next week 23rd I appear in court again for a second bail attempt. I will be in this Port Harcourt prison till then.”
She has, however, remained behind bars since March and is now pleading with Nigerians to help her raise one million naira to perfect her bail.