A 40-year-old broadcaster, Uche Igwe, was on Monday arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly sharing the video of 10-year- old Chrisland student on twitter.
Igwe, who resides at No. 14 Ogundare Street in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, was arraigned on a two-count charge of cyber-stalking and breach of peace.
Prosecution counsel attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti, Mr Augustine Nwabuisi, Igwe intentionally shared the video of the 10-year-old female student engaging in ѕєχʋαl iŋtercoʋrse with another student in Dubai on Twitter.
He added that the defendant used his personal Twitter handle, @uchedark, to share the video on the internet for public viewing without the consent of the student’s parents or the school.
The prosecutor further told the court that the defendant committed the offences on April 18, on Twitter application.
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.
Igwe, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N10 million with three sureties in like sum.
Adedayo ruled that the sureties must submit their National Identification Numbers and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency cards.
She also directed that one of the sureties must be a land owner, adding that all the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
Adedayo ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government. She adjourned the case until June 13 for mention.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 24 (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention) Act of 2015 provides for 10 years’ imprisonment for cyber stalking.
Breach of peace in punishable with three months’ jail term under Section 168 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
A video clip involving five students of Chrisland Schools, Lagos, engaging in ѕєχʋαl activities at a World Schools Games in Dubai, went viral sometime in April on a Twitter application.
This made Lagos State Government to shut all campuses of the school, an act that has been reversed. (NAN)