Kemi Olunloyo released after Pastor Ibiyeomie and the police withdraw charges against her

POPULAR blogger Kemi Olunloyo has been released from prison custody after clergyman and founder of Salvation Ministries Port Harcourt Pastor David Ibiyeomie dropped all charges of defamation against her.


Ms Olunloyo, a pharmacist by training, is the daughter of the former Oyo State governor Dr Omololu Olunloyo and has always been a flamboyant character. Deported from Canada several years ago, she has always caught the eye with her controversial blog, which eventually got her into trouble.


Unhappy about what she wrote about him, Pastor Ibiyeomie sued Ms Olunloyo for defamation and when she failed to show up for the hearing, the court ordered her arrest. She was detained in Port Harcourt as she could not meet her bail conditions, leading to the launch of a campaign for her release as she had not committed any criminal offence.


Earlier today, however, Ms Olunloyo was released and immediately took to her Instagram page to announce her freedom. She wrote: “My charges of criminal defamation has been dropped by Nigerian police and plaintiff Pastor David Ibiyeomie, I am now free.


“Thank you to my loyal fans, my lawyers Kayode Ajulo and Eugene Meabe of Castle Law firm, Justice Oshomah at Federal High Court and Justice Fubara in magistrate court. I will apply to pick up my travel passport that was seized by the federal government as part of my bail conditions, God is good.”


A few days ago, Ms Olunloyo testified that she had given her life to Christ and had become a member of  Pastor’s Ibiyeomie’s church. She was arrested in March 2017 after publishing a story that the pastor was having an affair with Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo.