A lecturer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Peter Ekemezie has bagged six months imprisonment for publishing defamatory statements against one Prof. Alex Asigbo.
Ekemezie who was charged with three-counts bordering on forgery and defamation was however given an option of N300,000 fine.
Delivering the judgment at an Awka Magistrates’ court, His Worship, E.C. Chukwu noted that he took into consideration that the defendant had spent one month in a psychiatric home and four months in a Correctional Centre.
During the trial, Prof. Asigbo told the court that Ekemezie forged his signature when he refused to give him (Ekemezie) a witness statement but instead advised him to procure a subpoena.
Asigbo said this led to Ekemezie writing and publishing series of defamatory statements against him on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Our correspondent could not confirm whether Ekemezie was still a lecturer at Unizik by the time he was sentenced.