Court Grants Blessing CEO Bail Over Alleged Cyber-Bullying

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Blessing Okoro, also known as Blessing CEO, a social media influencer, was granted bail on Tuesday by a Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged cyberbullying.

Blessing CEO, a relationship expert, was charged by the Nigeria Police Force on six counts related to cyberbullying, libel, and showing unedited films before Judge Yelim Bogoro of the Federal High Court.

Blessing CEO’s lawyer pleaded for bail on her behalf before Judge Tijjani Ringim of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday.

The judge granted Blessing CEO bail since the police did not object. She was granted two N10 million bails with equal sureties.

Police prosecutor, Rotshang Faith Dimka, in a piece of proof information filed before the court, stated that Okoro Blessing of Lekki, Lagos, on October 16, 2022, “intentionally sent messages using her Instagram handle @officialblessingceo to bully, threaten and harass one Folashade Samuels, a.k.a Mamajazz, a younger sister to the late Bimbo Ogbonna.”

The police also accused the blogger of using her Instagram handle @officialblessingceo, to harm the reputation of Folashade Samuels and the late Bimbo Ogbonna, by exposing them to hatred, contempt and ridicule.

Accusing her also of exhibiting a film and video work titled “Sweet Sour” without a censorship certificate and without holding a licence as issued by National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB).

The prosecutor further identified some of the messages the blogger sent as including: “Let’s ask Mamajazz where her father is?? ? Their father had exactly the same issue with their mother Ebele and he ran away for us (sic) dear life. IVD’s crime was that he was not man enough to run…”

“The family of late Bimbo is after IVD’’s properties and life. Especially her elder sister Mamajazz. Bimbo and IVD are well-known people in Lagos and it’s not a hidden fact that even in their estate that Bimbo is violent. Everybody knows how she breaks a bottle on her husband’s head on a daily .. Bimbo killed herself and has always wanted to kill herself right from childhood. Evidence loading. All the voice notes and evidence will be on my YouTube and Facebook. Subscribe,” she also wrote.

“I will ask Mamajazz, the late Bimbo’s sister few questions…where (sic) you in (sic) talking terms with your sister before (she) died? Are you owing your late sister 18 million? Did she block you before her death? Do you even like your sisters’ children?? Answers this question because | will slam the internet with raw facts and evidence.

“I am stepping into the case as the official relationship therapist of IVD… Will drop all the evidence that IVD did not kill his wife or even hurt her. The late Bimbo was the violent person and suicidal victim….” The police further cited.

The police had told the court that the offence the defendant/accused committed contravenes Section 24 (2)(a)(1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015, and Section 375 of the Criminal Code Act. They also reportedly contravene Section 33 of the NFVCB Act, 2004.

Okoro had pleaded not guilty. Following her no-guilty plea, Justice Bogoro ordered she should be remanded at Nigerian Correctional Services Custodial Centre till May 30 for the hearing of her bail application.

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