Award-winning investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has been allegedly arrested and detained at a prison in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State by pastor David Ibiyeomie.
David Ibiyeomie, who is the general overseer of Salvation Ministries was accused by the controversial journalist for having an affair with popular Yoruba actress, Iyabo Ojo.
Kemi was arrested two days ago by the police and taken to Port-Harcourt where she was remanded in prison.
She took to her Instagram page to reveal that she had been taken to Port Harcourt prisons on the orders of Pastor David Ibiyeomie, adding that it was because of an article she published where she mentioned that the pastor was having an affair with the actress whom he bought a Range Rover for.
Kemi speaks under detention, stating that she would be in prison until her court hearing on Thursday 23rd March.
“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.
“Ibiyeomie called me several times to threaten me with lawsuits, death from above and misfortune. The 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. THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD. #Journalism is not a crime. I love you all. Pls trend #FreeKOO #FreeMadamHNN. @ludovicca_iacinno pls tell the world. Tweet it to the Toronto Sun’s @Joe_warmington. Pls every one let Joe know. I’m in high spirits.
“The NPF recommended NO bail. Police is never your friend in Nigeria. I will always be a proud international investigative journalist. I will not see my phone again for a week. Off to a Nigerian prison. Mass Comm students never give up. I don’t need my powerful connections.
“I want the law to run its course. GOD BLESS #FREETHESHEEPLE #KEMIOLUNLOYO.”
36- year old Iyabo Ojo is a single mom of two from her ex-husband, a Lagos-based movie marketer. She got married to him in 1999 at the age of 21.
Her marriage hit the rocks after she rose to fame, and although she still bears the surname of her former husband, Ojo, she intends to stop using it when she remarries.
However, Iyabo Ojo blames her divorce on her inexperience at marrying early.
Meanwhile, regarding the allegation by Kemi Olunloyo, Iyabo Ojo is yet to make a statement about having an affair with the said pastor.