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Court summons five individuals accused of defaming Mercy Chinwo and her spouse

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Five social media users have been summoned by a Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja at the behest of Emmanuel Iyanna for alleged “criminal defamation” of the character of gospel singer, Mercy Chinwo, and her husband, Blessed Uzochikwa.

A court summons dated April 3, 2024, was reviewed by our correspondent on Thursday, directing the defendants to appear before the court on April 23, 2024. Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna is overseeing the case.

The individuals summoned are Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, DJ Spoiltkid, Terrence Ekot, and Samuel Agozie.

Uzochikwa had previously lodged a direct criminal complaint through his legal team led by Pelumi Olajengbesi at the Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, dated April 2.

According to the document, “On the 29th of March 2024, the complainant and his wife, Minister Mercy Chinwo, a gospel artist, shared a photo of their son on Facebook to celebrate the blessing of a child.

“Following this post, a follower of the couple alerted them to a comment by the first defendant suggesting that Mercy Chinwo’s child resembled Singer Nathaniel Bassey.

“This led to a series of disrespectful comments online, including the second defendant who posted a picture of Pastor Nathaniel Bassey claiming him to be the child’s real father.

“The third defendant quoted the first defendant’s defamatory post on Twitter, questioning the need for a DNA test.

“Similarly, the fourth defendant highlighted the alleged resemblance between Mercy Chinwo’s son and Nathaniel Bassey, despite the complainant asserting his paternity.”

PUNCH Online reported that Nathaniel Bassey called on the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to probe and prosecute four individuals who falsely linked him to Mercy Chinwo’s child.

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