Alleged cyberstalking: Court grants social media influencer N10m bail


Alleged cyberstalking: Court grants social media influencer N10m bail

Justice Gladys Olotu of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, April 20, admitted Chude Nnamdi, a social media influencer and an ardent supporter of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, bail in the sum of N10 million.

The Inspector-General of Police who is the complainant, had sued Nnamdi as a sole defendant in the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/130/2023.

In the amended charge dated and filed on April 17, the police alleged that Nnamdi, on March 13 within the jurisdiction of the court did knowingly and intentionally send a message through a tweet from his Twitter handle “Chude” by means of computer system and network.

“That you know to be false for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will or needless anxiety to the person of Dr. Emeka Offor and thereby commit cyberstalking punishable under Section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) ACT, 2015.”

Nnamdi was arrested in Anambra and transported to Abuja by officers attached to the police cybercrime unit. The police later said the matter was linked to a tweet by the social media influencer that allegedly cast Chief Offor, a billionaire businessman, in bad light.

Nnamdi pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of cyberstalking. Justice Olotu granted him N10 million and also ordered him to produce one surety, who must be a level 14 civil servant or a resident of the FCT with verified landed property.

The case was adjourned till May 17 for the continuation of trial.

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