UPDATED: Defamation of Character: Re- Soldier Beats Businessman (photos)

An altercation occurred over the weekend at the popular club icon in Aba which degenerated between a young army officer and an American returnee. Eye witness account states that Lawson who recently returned from the USA was a bit tipsy and was intimidating and instructing everyone to create enough space for himself and his guests in the club. In the process he shoved aside a young man who happened to be an army officer but was in civilian clothing. 

Despite approaches by the club management for Lawson to calm down, he proceeded to physically assault the young officer which prompted his colleagues to come to his defense. It took the intervention of Lt Amusa who called the junior officers to order and ensured Lawson was taken to the hospital for treatment. Lt Ijamakinwa also visited Lawson in the hospital to ascertain his condition. The matter was also reported to the police and the Commander of 14 Brigade Ohafia in Abia state swiftly set up an inquiry to investigate for appropriate action. 

Unfortunately because they could not identify the officers involved and Lt Ijamakinwa was the officer they could identify, Lawson and his friend Joseph Michael went on facebook and downloaded the picture of  Lt Ijamakinwa and his wife and sent it to bloggers across Nigeria as the suspect  despite the club management and eye witness accounts stating the opposite. Lawson is advised to utilize legal means and assist the police and the military authorities with their investigations rather than defame and malign the character of an officer who has served Nigeria meritoriously. It was also improper to distribute his and his wife's picture accross social media. 

Before you 'copy and paste' on social media, be aware;
(1) Any person who knowingly or intentionally sends a message or other matter by means of computer systems or network that-
(b) he knows to be false, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will or needless anxiety to another or causes such a message to be sent: commits an offence under this Act and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not more than N7,000,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of not more than 3 years or to both such fine and imprisonment.

(2) Any person who knowingly or intentionally transmits or causes the transmission of any communication through a computer system or network -
(a) to bully, threaten or harass another person, where such communication places another person in fear of death, violence or bodily harm or to another person;
(c) containing any threat to harm the property or reputation of the addressee or of another or the reputation of a deceased person or any threat to accuse the addressee or any other person of a crime, to extort from any person, firm, association, or corporation, any money or other thing of value:
commits an offence under this Act and shall be liable on conviction---
(i) in the case of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection to imprisonment for a term of 10 years and/or a minimum fine of N25,000,000.00; and 
(ii) in the case of paragraph (c) and (d) of this subsection, to imprisonment for a term of 5 years and/or a minimum fine of N15,000,000.00.

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