Whistle Blower Palaver
The Nigeria Police Force has arrested a self- acclaimed whistle blower ; Dennis Ukpabi and a blogger; Fejiro Oliver for cyber stalking
Ukpabi, a former employee of Sterling Bank Nigeria Plc, was recently arrested for publishing a book titled, “The Whistleblower” , in he which he accused some employees of the bank – Janet Akpan, Adekanla Desalu, Eguru Nyenke and Kojusola Ajao – of fraud.
Ukpabi also exposed the promotion of one of his colleague which was due to the fact that she was dating an executive director at the bank.
Ukpabi and Oliver were arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday on five charges bordering on alleged acts of ‘cyber stalking’ which are said to be punishable under the provisions of Section 24 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition and Prevention etc) Act,2015
The first charge reads “That you Dennis Ukpabi and Tega Oghenero between 1st- 13th Februruary , 2017 in Lagos within the Jurisdiction of Federal High Court, conspired together to commit felonies, namely, knowingly and intentionally sending intimidated, hatred, insulting and needless anxiety messages and therby committing an offence punishable under section 27(1) (b) Cybercrime (prohibition, prevention etc Act 2015).”
Another charge read taht the accused sent offensive messages to Desalu, Busola Awosile, Nyenke and Adeyemi Odubiyi, which are said to be “punishable under section 24 (1) (b) of Cybercrime (prohibition, prevention etc Act 2015.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecution counsel , who is also a Superitendent of Police, Mr. j. Oloruntoba asked the court to remand the the defendants in prison custody. Efforts were made by lawyers representing the two defendants( Mr. Inibehe Effiong and Mrs. Kitan) to persuade the to admit them to bail.
Effiong, who is a human rights lawyer , informed the court that the defendants were accosted and arraigned surreptitiously without proper notice.
The trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, then asked the defendants’counsel to bring a formal application for bail and promised to hear it. The judge remanded them in Ikoyi Prisons.
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