Canadian returnee and journalist, Kemi Omololu Olunloyo has expressed her undaunted stand in the face of her trial in the Magistrate as well as Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State over a case of defamation against the founder of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomi and Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo.
Madam KOO as she is fondly called was advised by a concerned follower on Instagram this morning, 6th of July, 2017 to settle out of court when she announced her presence in the Niger Delta State to continue her trial.
The follower drew her attention to how her counterpart, Samuel Watson – a blogger had his charges dropped by allegedly pleading with Pastor Ibiyeomi who Madam KOO had accused of defrauding his church and having a s*xual relationship with single mother, Iyabo Ojo.
In a swift response, Madam KOO maintained that she never crossed the journalistic line as defamation is not a criminal offence in developed countries.
Read her full response below:
"Many Nigerians don’t know what this case is about. It is a criminal defamation case. Defamation is civil in modern countries. No blogger colleague did an out of court settlement. We are in a trial. Pls know the facts. No pastor wants me to be humble. I am not humble and will fight to the finish. I have damaging evidence. An 8 page letter was sent to me, I posted the first part asking for witnesses in a corruption case. I was arrested for posting a news tip. Your advice is wack! You need to know the facts about the case first. I only heed to my lawyers advice."
Madam KOO was released from the prison after spending 81 days in incarceration due to hassles in fulfilling her bail conditions.
She sourced for money online to settle her legal expenses which had accummulated overtime.
The Ibadan-based controversial woman appears at the magistrate court today for the first day of her criminal defamation trial while she is on the 6th day of her trial at the Federal High Court which resumes hearing in October, 2O17.