Oshiomhole’s Media Aide Arraigned For Criticising His Own Boss


Senior Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Curtis Eghosa Ugbo, was on Thursday arraigned before an Oredo Magistrate Court for allegedly criticizing his boss (the governor) on social media.

Ugbo, reportedly pasted a post on Facebook, after the ground-breaking ceremony of the Okpella Cement Fac­tory, criticizing  the governor for not involving the state’s stake­holders, House of Assem­bly members or National Assembly members in the project.

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The post with the caption “What Is Wrong With My Boss” read:

“What is wrong with my boss? The ground breaking of Edo State own Cement industry in partnership with a private company under Government Public Private Partnership (PPP) and stakeholders, no state House members or Speaker and National Assembly members presence notice.

“Is Edo State now a personal business of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole?”

It was  gathered that Ugbo, who is a strong supporter of Deputy Gov­ernor Dr. Pius Odubu’s governorship aspiration, was picked up by a team of security operatives who stormed his house in two Hilux vans, after the post and was on Thursday April 14th, arraigned before Oredo Magistrate Court.

 Ugbo, 47, was arraigned on a three-count charge of publishing an article against the governor in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace and illegally possessing a double barrel gun without a duly acquired valid license, an offence under Section 430 (2) of the Criminal Code, Cap 48, Vol. II, laws of the Defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 as applicable in Edo State.

After the charges were read, Ugbo pleaded not guilty. The Magistrates, led by Mrs. C.A. Nwoha, however granted the accused person a bail of N100,000 and a surety in like sum who must be have a landed property and adjourned the case till for hearing.

Dangote Cement Plc had earlier in the week announced the commencement of the construction of new cement plants in Okpella in the northern part of Edo State, South-south of Nigeria with a three million per annum plant.

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