Popular Nigerian composer, singer, and a performer, Johnson Oyindamola, popularly known as Dammy Krane on stage, was on Monday arraigned by the Police, before a Lagos Magistrate’s court sitting in Igbosere, over allegations of threat to life defamation.
The Afro-pop Singer was docked on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, threat to life defamation, and conduct which caused a breach of peace against him by the police.
Dammy Krane was said to have threatened the lives of staff and members of the betting company, Merrybet Gold Limited, on July 29, 2019.
He also released a song in which he accused the firm of breach of contract.
The prosecutor, Inspector J .I Enang, told the court that the musician threatened a sport betting company, Merrybet Gold Limited, accusing the company of owing him by posting an audio and video, on the internet.
Inspector Enang said the defendant attended a game show sponsored by the betting company but lost.
The singer was said to have, however, demanded some money for appearing on the show. But that the firm disagreed, insisting that the sum was only given to winners.
According to reports, The embittered musician subsequently went on Cool FM radio where he said the betting firm owed him money and breached a contractual agreement.
Dammy Krane was alleged to have threatened public peace when he posted an audio and video message on Cool FM 96.9.
According to the Prosecutor , “Oyindamola and others at large on July 29, 2019, at Cool FM in Lagos, conspired with others at large to commit felony to wit: Conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and threat to life.
Oyindamola and others at large on the same date, time and place, threatened the life of the staff of Merrybet Gold Limited,” he said.
The Prosecutor also said the offences committed are punishable under Sections 301, 411 and 168 (d) of the Lagos State 2015 criminal law.
The 27-year-old defendant (Dammy Krane) pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge against him.
Also, The defendant’ s counsel Mr Adebayo Oniyelu, urged the court to grant him bail in liberal terms, as he is a first time offender adding that
he would be produced whenever he is needed.
He said, “we humbly apply for the bail of the defendant, Section 35 (5), states that an accused person is still presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“He is a well known and a popular musician, if granted bail, he would be made available. He has been in police custody since Friday 13, September,” Oniyelu added.
The prosecutor Enang In his response to the bail application, said he was going to oppose the bail, as the offence is a national issue.
When Chief Magistrate Afolashade Botoku, asked to know the nature of the offence of the defendant, Enang said it is an international issue that is all over the media.
The defendant’ s lawyer, however, told the court that the defendant and the complainant had a disagreement over a breach of contract.
“The defendant, performed for the complainant and he was being owed the sum of N1million, and when he demanded for it, the next thing we saw was his arrest.”
The company’s lawyer, Mr N. Anachebe, who was holding brief, for the company, said, ” the defendant posted audio and video messages on his Instagram page claiming that the company was owing him, he was asked to pull it down, but he refused.”
After listening to parties in the matter, Magistrate Botoku asked, if the crux of the matter was defamation, she said if so, it should be a civil matter.
Anachebe, responded that “a case of defamation can be both criminal and civil”.
However, the Magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till October 11, for mention.
Good journalism costs a lot of money, only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, accountability democracy and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism, we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble profession.