Court Summons Five for Alleged Defamation of Mercy Chinwo and Husband

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Court Summons Five for Alleged Defamation of Mercy Chinwo and Husband

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Court Summons Five for Alleged Defamation of Mercy Chinwo and Husband. Mercy Chinwo’s husband, Blessed Uzochikwa, has lodged a direct complaint against five social media users for ‘criminal defamation’ through his legal representatives led by Pelumi Olajengbesi from the Abuja-based Law Corridor media firm.

Following the complaint, Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2 has summoned the five social media users for allegedly attempting to damage the reputation of gospel singers Nathaniel Bassey, Mercy Chinwo, and her husband, Blessed Uzochikwa.

Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna issued the court summons dated April 3, 2024, instructing the five defendants to personally appear in court on April 23, 2024, to respond to the charges brought against them by the complainants.

The complainants in this case are Blessed Uzochikwa and Mercy Chinwo, while the defendants include Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, DJ Spoiltkid, Terrence Ekot, and Samuel Agozie.

The legal action stems from posts made by the defendants last week after the gospel singer and her husband shared a picture of their son on Instagram.

Following the posting of the baby’s picture, born in 2023, the defendants alleged a resemblance between the baby and another gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey, and spread rumors that he was the father, causing the allegation to go viral.

In a criminal complaint submitted by the complainants’ legal representatives, Mercy Chinwo and her husband asserted that the defendants’ actions constituted cyber intimidation, injurious falsehood, and cyberstalking directed at them.

The complainants stated that the defendants’ alleged actions violate Sections 391 of the Penal Code and Section 24 (1)(B) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015.

The lawyers representing the complainants stated in a criminal complaint submitted before the magistrate that “the individuals criminally damaged the reputation and image of the complainants globally through their deliberate defamatory posts and acts of cyberstalking.”

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