Alleged Cyber-bullying Lands Blessing CEO in Prison on Remand
Social media influencer Blessing Okoro, popularly known as Blessing CEO, has been remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) until May 30 over allegations of cyber-bullying, libel, and exhibiting uncensored movies. The police arraigned her at a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday, May 6, on a six-count charge. Justice Yelim Bogoro remanded her until the hearing of her bail application.
Prosecutor Rotshang Dimka of the Force Headquarters, Abuja, accused Blessing CEO of intentionally sending messages via Instagram to bully, threaten, and harass one Folashade Samuels, a younger sister to the late Bimbo Ogbonna. The police further accused her of using Instagram to injure the reputation of Folashade Samuels and the late Bimbo Ogbonna by exposing them to hatred, contempt, and ridicule.
The police also accused her of exhibiting a film and video work titled ‘Sweet Sour’ without a censorship certificate and without holding a license as issued by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).
Some of the messages allegedly sent by Blessing CEO included, “Let’s ask Mamajazz where her father is??? Their father had exactly the same issue with their mother Ebele, and he ran away for us dear life. IVD’s crime was that he was not man enough to run. The family of late Bimbo is after IVD’s properties and life. Especially her elder sister Mamajazz. Bimbo and IVD are well-known people in Lagos, and it’s not a hidden fact that even in their estate that Bimbo is violent. Everybody knows how she breaks a bottle on her husband’s head on a daily. Bimbo killed herself and has always wanted to kill herself right from childhood. Evidence loading. All the voice notes and evidence will be on my YouTube and Facebook. Subscribe.”
Blessing CEO pleaded not guilty to the charges.