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Nathaniel Bassey Petitions IGP Over Criminal Defamation

Yusuf Rahimat Clara reporting

The Nigerian Gospel minister, Nathaniel Bassey, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to investigate and prosecute four persons whom he accused of criminal defamation and cyberstalking.

The singer submitted the petition to the IGP on April 1, 2024, through his lawyers, Peter Abraham, Uche Matthew, Gbenga Agunloye and Anthony Abia.

Recall that last week, four social media users alleged that Bassey fathered Mercy Chinwo’s son, a fellow popular Nigerian gospel singer, an allegation that went viral on X.

The lawyers, urged the police authorities to treat the petition with utmost urgency against the four social media users, identified in the petition as Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, Terrence Ekot and Dj Spoiltkid.

“Our client is a gospel music minister whose songs and ministrations have impacted the lives of so many from different walks of life across the globe”, the petition partly read.

“On Friday, the 29th day of March 2024, Mercy Chinwo Blessed another popular gospel music minister and her husband, posted pictures of their son and themselves on different social media platforms.

However, our client was disheartened, saddened and grossly disturbed to find that the above-mentioned suspects, as mischief makers with a criminal intent to destroy the image and character of our client, had made different social media posts of defamatory matter, calling our client ‘the father of minister Mercy Chinwo Blessed’s son,’ a woman, who is married to another man.

“The post by Mr Okoronkwo Ejike has since gone viral on the platform. In reaction to the post, Mr Kingsley Ibeh commented on Mr Okoronkwo’s post with a picture of our client with the caption “The real father of the baby.”

“In a post on the platform “X” formerly known as Twitter, Dj SpoiltKid, a verified X user, quoted the statement by Okoronkwo Ejike along with a screenshot of the post and added, “When are we doing DNA tests?”

“In another post, Mr Terrence Ekot, on the platform “X” made a post thus: “Take a look at the stunning resemblance of Mercy Chinwo’s son and Nathaniel Bassey. Though the duo has been working together on several projects in the past. what do you have to say?” (sic)
The lawyers said the social media posts by the four individuals amounted to the complete assassination of Bassey’s character.

“These nefarious acts of these suspects, if not immediately dealt with, will continue to destroy our client’s image, injure his reputation, assassinate his character and cast aspersions on the good name built by our client over the years.

The lawyers said the alleged actions of the four individuals contravened Sections 373 and 375 of the Criminal Code Act as well as Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc).

“The consequences of making such statements on social media have been known to tarnish the reputations of individuals, render marriages unstable and many never recover from them. International reputation is an asset, both for the individual and for the nation and it takes time to acquire.

“Consequently, we urge you to use your good offices to, in the interest of justice, investigate this matter, arrest and bring the suspect to justice, which will serve as a deterrent to others.”

A photo of Nathaniel Bassey and Mercy Chinwe and her family 
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