Alleged Defamation: Dammy Krane Granted N50,000 Bail
Nigerian singer Johnson Oyindamola, popularly known as Dammy Krane, who was arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos State, has been granted bail in the sum of N50,000.
Dammy was accused to have threatened to attack staff of betting company, MerryBet, verbally and online after a business deal between them went sour.
According to the prosecutor, Inspector J.I Enang, the defendant (Dammy Krane) attended a game show sponsored by the betting company, but lost.
The police prosecutor added that Dammy Krane went on to post a video on the internet accusing the sport betting company of owing him.
“The defendant, however demanded some money for appearing on the show, the firm disagreed, insisting that the sum was only for the winners. The musician subsequently breached a contractual agreement with the firm. He also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by posting an audio and a video message on Cool FM 96.9,” Enang said.
However, the 27-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to the three counts against him.
Dammy Krane’s lawyer, Adebayo Oniyelu, thereafter asked the court to grant him bail with a promise that as a public figure, Dammy Krane will not jump bail.
“We humbly apply for the bail of the defendant. Section 35 (5) states that an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He is a popular musician, if granted bail, he will not jump bail, meanwhile he has been in police custody since Sept. 13,” Oniyelu told the court
Consequently, Magistrate Botoku, granted the singer the bail in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till October 11, for mention.