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Nathaniel Bassey seeks intervention from the Inspector-General of Police after online defamation allegations

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Renowned gospel artist, Nathaniel Bassey, has reached out to the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to look into and take legal action against four individuals who have wrongly accused him of being the father of Mercy Chinwo’s child.

A formal petition was filed by Bassey’s legal representatives on April 1, 2024, citing criminal defamation and cyberstalking against the identified social media users – Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, Terrence Ekot, and Dj Spoiltkid.

Recently, these four social media users made unfounded claims that Bassey fathered the child of another popular gospel artist, Mercy Chinwo, causing the false allegation to circulate widely on social platforms.

Bassey’s legal team has stressed the seriousness of these accusations, highlighting their detrimental impact on Bassey’s personal and professional image.

According to the petition, “Our client is a highly respected gospel artist whose music and ministry have touched the lives of individuals from various cultures worldwide.

“On the 29th of March 2024, Mercy Chinwo Blessed, a fellow gospel singer, and her spouse shared photos of their child and family on social media platforms.

Nathaniel Bassey petitions IG

“However, our client was deeply disturbed to discover that the mentioned suspects, with ill intentions to harm our client’s reputation, spread defamatory content on social media by falsely labeling our client as ‘the father of Minister Mercy Chinwo Blessed’s child,’ a woman who is married to another man.

“The post by Mr. Okoronkwo Ejike gained significant traction on the platform. Additionally, Mr. Kingsley Ibeh commented on Mr. Okoronkwo’s post by posting a picture of our client with the caption ‘The real father of the baby.’

“On the platform ‘X’ (previously known as Twitter), ‘Dj SpoiltKid,’ a verified user, quoted Okoronkwo Ejike’s statement and posted a screenshot with the added query, ‘When will we do a DNA test?’

“In another instance, Mr. Terrence Ekot, on the same platform, made a post stating, ‘Observe the remarkable resemblance between Mercy Chinwo’s child and Nathaniel Bassey. Despite their past collaborations, what’s your take?” (sic).

The legal representatives argued that the social media activities of these individuals constituted character assassination.

 

They indicated that such actions violated Sections 373 and 375 of the Criminal Code Act, as well as Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act.

“The repercussions of such baseless claims on social media can severely damage reputations, destabilize marriages, and have long-lasting effects. International reputation is a valuable asset, both on a personal and national level, and it takes time to cultivate.

“Therefore, we implore you to thoroughly investigate this matter, apprehend the suspects, and ensure justice is served to deter others,” the petition concluded.

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