Blogger, Blessing Okoro, Remanded Over Alleged Cyber-bullying, Libel

A Lagos Federal High Court, has remanded one Blessing Okoro, a relationship blogger, in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), till May 30, when trial on a six count-charges of alleged Cyber-bullying, libel and for exhibiting uncensored movies, will commenced 

Justice Yelim Bogoro, who presided over the court, ordered the remand of the blogger after she pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

The prosecutor, Rotshang Faith Dimka, of the Force Headquarters of the Nigeria Police, Abuja, while arraigning the blogger, told the court that the blogger, a resident of 1b, Tunbosun Osoby Street, off Kuboye Road Lekki, Lagos State on October 16, 2022, did intentionally sent messages using her instagram handle @officialblessingceo to bully, threaten and harass one Folashade Samuels, a.k.a mamajazz, a younger sister to Late Bimbo Ogbonna.

The blogger was also accused of using her instagram handle @officialblessingceo, to injure the reputation of one Folashade Samuels, a.k.a mamajazz and her late sister Bimbo Ogbonna, by exposing them to hatred, contempt and ridicule. 

The police further accused her of exhibiting a film and video work titled “Sweet Sour” without a censorship certificate and without holding a licence as issued by National Film & video Censors Board.

Some of the messages allegedly sent by the defendant through her Instagram handle @officialblessingceo, to Folashade Samuels a.k.a. mamajazz includes: “Let’s ask mamajazz where her father is??? Their father had exactly the same issue with their mother Ebele and he ran away for us dear life. IVD’s crime was that he was not man enough to run… ” and. 

“The Family of late Bimbo is after IVD’’s Properties and Life. Especially her elder sister mamajazz. Bimbo and IVD are well known people in Lagos and it’s not a hidden fact that even in their estate that bimbo is violent. Everybody knows how she breaks bottle on her husbands head on a daily .. bimbo killed herself and has always wanted to kill herself right from childhood. Evidence loading. All the voice notes and evidence will be on my YouTube and Facebook. Subscribe,”

“I will ask mamajazz the late bimbo’s sister few questions…where you in talking terms with your sister before died? Are you oweing your late sister 18 million? Did she block you before her death? Do you even like you’re your sisters children?? Answers this question because | will slam the internet with raw fact and evidence.”

“i am stepping into the case as the official relationship therapist of IVD… Will drop all the evidence that IVD did not kill his wife or even hurt her. The late bimbo was the violent person and sucidal victim…”

The defendant’s actions, according to the police contravened Section 24 (2)(a)(1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015. And under Section 375 of Criminal Code Act. 

The offences also contravened Section 33 of National Film & video Censors Board Act, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004, and punishable under the same Act.

The relationship blogger however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following her plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date, while also urged the court to remand her in NCoS’ custody, till the determination of the charges against her.

The defendant’s lawyers asked the court for a short date to enable them file their client’s bail application.

Justice Bogoro, after hearing from parties, adjourned the matter till May 30, for hearing. While ordered that the Relationship Blogger be remanded at the female Section of NCoS facility in Kirikiri, Apapa, Lagos.