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Alleged cyberbullying: Court admits Nigerian blogger to N5m bail

A Bayelsa-based blogger, Bara Ogidi, accused of cyberstalking, was admitted on Friday to a bond of 5 million naira at a Federal High Court in Yenagoa.

The State Security Service (SSS) has indicted Mr Ogidi over an alleged false report targeting the executive secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Council (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote.

Mr. Ogidi, publisher of a new online media, Track newsfaces a double charge of cyberstalking.

Ruling on the bail application filed by Mr Ogidi’s lawyer, Temedie Great, Judge Isa Dashen ordered that the surety be a ‘responsible citizen’ who resides and owns property within the jurisdiction of the court .

He further ordered that in the alternative, if the surety is a public servant, the surety shall not be below the rank of administrator.

The judge adjourned the case until July 25 for further trial and ruled that the accused should remain in the custody of Nigeria’s Okaka Correctional Center in Yenagoa.

The SSS told the court that Mr Ogidi accused Mr Wabote of offering him N10 million to induce him to testify on his behalf in a defamation suit brought by the NCDMB executive secretary against Jackson Ude, the editor of pointblanknews.

The prosecution said:

“Count 1” CYBERSTALKING, contrary to and punishable under section 24(1) b of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.

“You OGIDI BEN BARA, on February 11, caused the dissemination of false information via various online newspapers, including “THE EAGLE ONLINE”

The SSS said the publication caused annoyance, enmity, hatred and ill will towards Mr Wabote.

The offense of cyberstalking is contrary and punishable under section 24(1)b of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015, the SSS said.


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