A 40-year-old broadcaster, Uche Igwe, who allegedly shared on Twitter the video of a 10-year-old student of Chrisland Schools, Victoria Island, Lagos, who engaged in sexual intercourse, was on Monday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Igwe, who resides at 14, Ogundare Street, Ikorodu, is facing a two-count charge of cyberstalking and breach of peace.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Prosecution counsel attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Augustine Nwabuisi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on April 18, 2022 on Twitter.
He said that the defendant intentionally sent a video of the 10-year-old female student engaging in sexual intercourse with another student in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to the social media platform.
Nwabuisi said 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 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.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 24 (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention) Act of 2015 provides for 10 years’ imprisonment for cyberstalking.
Breach of peace in punishable with three months’ jail term under Section 168 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, 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 the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until June 13 for mention.
NAN reports that a video clip involving five students of Chrisland Schools, Lagos engaging in sexual activities at the World Schools Games in Dubai went viral sometime in April.
This made Lagos State Government to shut all campuses of the school, an act that has been reversed.