Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Lagos Federal High Court, today convicted and  sentenced a lady, Okoye  Blessing  Nwakaego to three years imprisonment for for social media bullying of a popular Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus. 

The judge gave the verdict following plea of guilty by Nwakaego to the two count charge leveled against her by the Police

According to the police, the convict and see one Chimabia (now at large) had between month of December 2022 and July 2023, conspired themselves to commit felony to wit: cyberstalking.

The convict and and Chimabia were also said to have  knowingly cause the transmission of a communication via Tiktok, gossipmill tv, remedyblog and other social media network, with her mobile line number. 09125225742 which is grossly offensive, false and for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enemity, hatred, needless anxiety to the prejudice of one Eniola Badmus.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Mr. Nosa Watson Uhumwangho contrary to and punishable under section 27 and 24(1)(b)(2)(a)(c)of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, et.c) Act 2015

The convict upon the reading of the charges, pleaded guilt.

The development that made the prosecutor, Mr. Uhumwangho, pleaded with the court to review the facts of the case. 

Reviewing the fact of the case,  the prosecutor, Uhumwangho, told the court that Blessings in her confessional  statement to the police said she  made the video following the prompt by a male friend.

“Blessing said a friend who claimed to know Eniola Badmus narrated the false  story to her and that she in turn,  narrated the story to a male friend Chimabia ( now at large), who  asked her to do a video of the false story line that  Eniola Badmus specializes in introducing young Nigerian girls to men.”

She said after making the video,  Chimabia  gave her N200,000 and asked  her to post it on her Tiktok from where other platforms picked it.

The prosecutor told the court that over three million viewers viewed the maligning  video online.

He tendered the petition written by Eniola Badmus asking the police to investigate the matter and bring those behind the falsehood to book.Blessing statement was also tendered and admitted in evidence.

The prosecutor then urged the court to convict the defendant as charged and pass appropriate sentence.

However, counsel to the convict, pleaded with the court to temper Justice with mercy, adding that the convict is a first time offender, who did not waste the time of the court. 

He also inform the court that the convict has been remorseful as she had already pull down the offensive video and promised never to involved in such act. 

After listening to the allocutus by the convict’s counsel, Justice Oweibo in his judgment, sentenced Okoye Blessing Nwakaeho to three years imprisonment on the two count charge  or a fine of N150,000.

Charges Against The Convict Read: “That you, Okoye Blessing Nwakaego ‘f’ and, one Chimabia now at large, between the month of December 2022 to the month of July, 2023, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, did conspire with one Chimabia (surname unknown) to commit felony to wit: cyberstalking and thereby committed an offence punishable under Sectic 27 of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, ETC) Act, 2015. 

That you, Okoye Blessing Nwakaego ‘f and one Chimabia now at large, between the month of December 2022 to the month of July, 2023, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, did knowingly cause the transmission of a communication via Tiktok, gossipmill TV, remedy blog and other social media network, with your mobile line no. 09125225742 which is grossly offensive, false and for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience danger, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enemity, hatred and  needless anxiety to the prejudice of one Eniola Badmus and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 24(1)(b)(2)(a)(c) of the Cybercrimes (prohibition prevention, etc) Act, 2015.”