Nigerian Police Prepare To Prosecute Publisher’s Sibling For Cybercrime

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The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) announced on Tuesday their intention to bring Chike Ibezim, an entrepreneur and the younger brother of Reportera News publisher Nnamdi Ibezim, to court on charges related to cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying, and conspiracy.

Chike Ibezim was apprehended on August 10 following a report published by Reportera News; an outlet established by Nnamdi Ibezim, in which they alleged that former Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, was involved in crafting a presidential election tribunal ruling that would be presented to judges.

Countering the claim, Fashola filed a complaint with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), describing the report as “defamatory.”

Following a report submitted by Priory Terrace Solicitors on behalf of Fashola, the Nigerian Police’s investigators from the Force Intelligence Bureau conducted an extensive probe into the matter. They determined that the accused individual had made a false statement on his social media account, @ReporteraNews on the platform ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter), on Saturday, August 5.

The post suggested the complainant’s involvement in a controversial verdict for the ongoing Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and falsely insinuated military deployment at his residence; intending to tarnish the former Minister’s reputation.

These actions are in violation of Section 24 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention) Act, 2015; posing potential harm, distress, and damage to his character; as well as posing significant threats to national security and stability.

Muyiwa Adejobi, the police spokesperson, stated that thorough technical and tactical analyses were conducted on the phone number used to make the publication in question, which ultimately led them to its registered owner, Chike Ibezim.

With this vital information, police investigators proceeded to Chike Ibezim’s office in Maitama, Abuja, where he was apprehended. Nnamdi Emmanuel Ibezim and an individual known as Tope, who allegedly manages all social media communications, remain at large and have not responded to police invitations.

The Nigerian Police Force has issued a stern warning, asserting their commitment to apprehending other individuals involved in this case and similar incidents for potential prosecution. They emphasized the criminal nature of cyber-stalking and other related online misconduct;as these actions can inflame tensions and disrupt societal harmony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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