Yav Terhemen Silas who had falsely announced the death of Bishop Adoboh of Katsina-Ala Catholic diocese on social media has been remanded at the Makurdi Medium Security Prison for malicious publication made in bad faith.
The publication which had gone viral, led to a swift reaction from one Jude Yange who lives in the United States to produce a counter-video of Bishop Adoboh rebuffing the fake news of his death.
The Catholic diocese of Katsina-Ala also reacted by requesting the diocesan legal advisor to seek redress, following the irrational behaviour of Mr. Yav which threw the Catholic Church worldwide into confusion and caused much psychological damage to many, especially the Church in Nigeria.
When the suspect was arrested, he admitted publishing the post but alleged that he shared the post from the wall of one Festus Aoraan. Police investigation, however, did not agree with his defence. He initially undertook to help the police get the said Festus. He was granted administrative bail by the police but he failed to discharge his undertaking. His bail was consequently revoked. When he appeared before the Makurdi Chief Magistrate’s Court 1, his lawyer advised him to deny the allegation, which he did. Upon further preliminary inquiry by the court, his lawyer, Ushahemba Dekaa Esq (speaking from the bar) told the truth that his client committed the alleged offences. The lawyer appealed that his client be admitted to bail but the presiding Magistrate refused his oral application. The accused was ordered to be remanded at the Medium Prison Makurdi. The case is adjourned for further mention to April 2, 2019.