Court Orders Woman’s Arrest Over Alleged Cyber Stalking, Perjury

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OrijoReporter.com, Cyril Ogunna
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Justice Friday Ogazi of a Lagos Federal High Court, has ordered the arrest of a woman, Oluwakemi Oriowo Joseph, over her persistence failure to appear before the court to take her plea on charges of cyber stalking and perjury.

Justice Ogazi ordered Oluwakemi’s arrest, while granting an application for a bench warrant against her made by the prosecutor, Barrister Nosa Walter Uhumwangho, on Friday.

The woman, was billed to take her plea on Friday, on 11 count-charge of cyber stalking and perjury made against her by the police. But when the matter was called neither the woman nor her lawyer, Anziaobong Akpan, was in court.

Following the none appearance of the defendant and her lawyer at the Friday’s proceedings, the prosecutor, Uhumwangho informed the court that at the last hearing of the matter, her lawyer promised to produce her.

He said: “at the last adjourned date, I did asked for a Bench Warrant and there was a counsel, who appeared for the defendant. After my address, the court asked the counsel to produce the defendant today.

“The counsel was seen in the court premises this morning but he did not come to the courtroom. He didn’t write a letter, he didn’t put his name on the cause list.

“It’s obvious that it’s a tactic that the counsel didn’t want to appear. I therefore ask for a bench warrant against the defendant.”

Justice Ogazi, after hearing from the prosecutor and read through the court records, held that “I grant the relief as prayed. Bench Warrant is issued to enable the prosecutor to produce the defendant for arraignment.”

The judge thereafter adjourned that matter to September 18, for defendant’s arraignment.

The defendants, according to the police, had between September 24, 2019 and May 14, 2024, through social media handles, such as WhatsApp, tik-tok, Instagram and others, cyber bullied the due of Bimbola Adelakun and Adegbenro Adelakun.

She was alleged to have forged Medical Report dated April 15, 2024, with intent that it may in anyway be used or acted upon as genuine, whether in Nigeria or elsewhere to the prejudice of Lagos State Government and .the general public.

The offences according to the police contravened Section 24(1)(b)(2)(a) of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, Etc) Act, 2015. And Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Some of the charges against the defendant reads: “That you, Oluwakemi Oriowo Joseph ‘f’ between 24th day of September 2019 and 14th day of May 2023, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, did knowingly cause the transmission of a communication via whatsapp social network, with your mobile line no. +2348027041480 which is grossly offensive, false and for the purpose of causing annoyance, insult, injury, criminal intimidation or needless anxiety to the prejudice of one Bimbola Adelakun, the daughter of Adegbenro Adelakun and Adegbenro Adelakun and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 24(1)(b)(2)(a) of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.

“That you, Oluwakemi Oriowo Joseph ‘f’ sometimes in December 2019, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, did knowingly, illegally and unlawfully caused a transmission of a communication via your instagram handle: “Joseph Oluwakemi Johnson” and later changed to “depressionkeeu”, which is grossly offensive, false and for the purpose of causing annoyance, insult, injury, criminal intimidation or needless anxiety to the prejudice of one Bimbola Adelakun, the daughter of Adegbenro Adelakun, Adegbenro Adelakun and his entire family, a message you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 24(1)(b)(2)(a) of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.

“That you, Oluwakemi Oriowo Joseph ‘f’ sometimes in December 2020, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, did knowingly cause the transmission of a communication via a voicenote on whatsapp social network, with your mobile line no. +2348027041480, which is grossly offensive, false and for the purpose of causing annoyance, insult, injury, criminal intimidation or needless anxiety to the prejudice of one Adegbenro Adelakun and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 24(1)(b)(2)(a) of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.

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“That you, Oluwakemi Oriowo Joseph ‘f’ sometimes in December 2022, in the aforesaid Judicial Division, did knowingly, illegally and unlawfully caused a transmission of a communication via your Instagram handle created by you, i.e. Rehoboth_generation which is grossly offensive, false and for the purpose of Causing annoyance, insult, injury, criminal intimidation or needless anxiety, to the prejudice of one Adegbenro Adelakun and his entire family and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 24(b)(2)(a) of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.

“That you, Oluwakemi Oriowo Joseph ‘f’ on the 14th day of May 2023, in the aforesaid Judicial Division, did knowingly hacked into the Instagram handle of Adegbenro Adelakun and tagged all his contacts by transmitting a communication through the said Instagram handle, which is grossly offensive, false and for the purpose of causing annoyance, insult, injury, criminal intimidation or needless anxiety, to the prejudice of one Adegbenro Adelakun and his entire family ang thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 24(1)(a)(b)(2)(a) of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.

“That you, Oluwakemi Oriowo Joseph ‘f’ between the month of September 2019 and May 2023, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, did publish defamatory matters in your Instagram and Whatsapp platform, a social network and which have been circulated and reported on other several social media platforms, including but not limited to facebook, Tiktok and Whatsapp, a publication you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 374 and punishable under Section 375 of the Criminal Code Cap C. 38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“That you, Oluwakemi Oriowo Joseph, on the 15th day of April 2024, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, did knowingly forged a document titled “Medical Report” dated 15th day of April, 2024 with intent that it may in anyway be used or acted upon as genuine whether in Nigeria or elsewhere to the prejudice of Lagos State Government and .the general public and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

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