The Nigeria Police Force has arraigned a
self-acclaimed whistleblower, Dennis Ukpabi, and a blogger, Fejiro
Oliver, for cyber stalking.
It was learnt that Ukpabi, who is a
former employee of Sterling Bank Plc, was arrested for publishing a book
titled, ‘The Whistleblower’, in which he accused some employees of the
bank – Adekanla Desalu, Eguru Nyenke, Janet Akpan and Kojusola Ajao – of
the fraud in the bank, one of his colleagues involved in the fraud was
promoted because she was dating an executive director at the bank.
Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday on five charges bordering on
alleged acts of ‘cyber stalking’, which are said to be punishable under
the provisions of Section 24 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition and
Prevention etc) Act, 2015.
Ukpabi and Tega Oghenero between 1st – 13th February, 2017 in Lagos
within the jurisdiction of Federal High Court, conspired together to
commit felonies, namely, knowingly and intentionally sending
intimidated, hatred, insulting and needless anxiety messages and thereby
committing an offence punishable under section 27 (1) (b) of Cybercrime
(prohibition, prevention etc Act 2015).”
sent offensive messages to Desalu, Busola Awosile, Nyenke and Adeyemi
Odubiyi, which are said to be ‘’punishable under section 24 (1) (b) of
Cybercrime (prohibition, prevention etc Act 2015.’’
Superintendent of Police, Mr. J. Oloruntoba, asked the court to remand
the defendants in prison custody. Frantic efforts were made by lawyers
representing the two defendants; Mrs. Kitan and Mr. Inibehe Effiong, to
persuade the court to admit them to bail.
informed the court that the defendants were accosted by the police and
arraigned surreptitiously without proper and adequate notice.
asked the defendants’ counsel to bring a formal application for bail
and promised to hear it expeditiously.