A 40-year-old broadcaster identified as “Uche Igwe”, who allegedly post on Twitter a s€x tape of a 10-year-old pupil of Chrisland Schools was on Monday arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Igwe, who is a resident of No. 14 Ogundare Street in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, is standind on two-count charge of cyberstalking and breach of peace.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Prosecution counsel attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti, “Mr Augustine Nwabuisi”, told the court that the defendant had committed the offences on April 18, on the Twitter social media platform.
Furthermore, Nwabuisi said that the defendant intentionally posted a video of the 10-year-old female student engaging in s€xual int€rcourse with another student in Dubai, to the micro-blogging app.
The prosecution counsel also said that the defendant used his own personal Twitter handle, @uchedark, to post the video on the internet for public viewing without the consent of the student’s parents neither the school.
The alleged offences contravene Section 24 (1) (a) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention) Act of 2015, and Section 168 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 24 (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention) Act of 2015 provides for 10 years’ imprisonment for cyberstalking.
Breach of peace is punishable with three months’ jail term under Section 168 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. “Adeola Adedayo”, provides the defendant to bail in the sum of N10 million with three sureties in like sum.
Justice Adedayo outlined that the sureties must submit their National Identification Numbers and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency cards.
However, she also ordered that one of the sureties must be a landowner in lagos state, adding that all the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
Adedayo also ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case is further adjourned to June 13 for mention.
It will be recalled that a video clip containing five students of the Chrisland Schools, Lagos, engaging in s€xual activities at a World Schools Games in Dubai, circulate online sometime in April on a Twitter application.
Following the leaked of the video, the Lagos State Government shut all campuses of the school, an act that has been reversed.