The police have arrested two popular journalists over a severely damaging story they published about fashion designer Yutee Rone.
The renowned journalist’s Sunday Adebayo and Abiola Aloba have been arraigned before a court in Abuja and charged with criminal conspiracy, intimidation, extortion, and defamation of character.
The case was adjourned till April 15, 2020, and the men, both in handcuffs, were remanded in Keffi prison where they will remain until their next court appearance.
Abiola Aloba, who used to write for Encomium Magazine but now owns Maestro Media Blog, published a story earlier this year making accusations. He did not mention names but left it open for his readers to decipher. In the comment section of his post, readers concluded that he was writing about Yutee Rone.
Yutee Rone is an Abuja-based fashion designer and the owner of fashion brand, Yutee Rone Atelier. She is married to billionaire businessman and Chairman of UTM Group, Julius Rone.
The damaging story posted about Yutee was later deleted from Abiola Aloba’s website after calls were made to him.
After few days the same story sprang up on another website called Society Reporters, run by veteran journalist Sunday Adebayo.
Sunday Adebayo is a society reporter and also used to write for Encomium before he struck out on his own.
Soon enough, the story began popping up on Instagram blogs.
It was at this point that Yutee’s husband got the Inspector General of Police Special Tactical Squad unit involved, as the attack on Yutee and her family had begun to look like blackmail to extort the family and bring the family name to disrepute.
Sunday Adebayo was arrested on February 27th at midnight at his home and during interrogation, alleged that the damaging story he published was given to him by Abiola Aloba.
Hinted by his co-conspirator and informant that the authorities were making moves to have him arrested, Aloba – a society reporter who hangs with the big names in the Lagos social scene – abandoned his home and family for 4 days and went into hiding.
Aloba was later tracked down and arrested in Lagos on February 28.
Watch video of Sunday Adebayo’s arrest :