Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, has approached a Federal High Court in Lagos seeking a restraining order against relationship blogger Blessing Okoro, known as Blessing CEO.
The request aims to prevent further defamation of Mrs. Folashade Williams and includes restrictions on interviews and alleged blackmail against the prosecution and court officials.
Blessing CEO faces a six-count charge, including cyber-bullying, libel, and displaying uncensored movies, prosecuted by the police. The case is under the jurisdiction of Justice Yelim Bogoro.
In response, Blessing CEO, represented by her lawyer Prince Nwafuru, filed a preliminary objection challenging the Federal High Court’s jurisdiction, asserting that the state High Court should handle the case. The prosecution countered, citing the Cybercrimes Act and federal enactments, arguing for the Federal High Court’s competence.
Justice Bogoro directed the adoption of briefs of argument during the hearing and scheduled a ruling on all applications for January 30, 2024. Blessing CEO had been remanded in prison custody during the initial arraignment but was later granted bail.The prosecution alleges that Blessing CEO intentionally used her Instagram handle to cyber-bully, threaten, and harass Folashade Samuels, a.k.a. Mama Jazz, who is the younger sister of Late Bimbo Ogbonna.
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