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Ebonyi PDP Bigwig Remanded For Alleged Cyberstalking

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Mrs. Chinyere Nwele, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was remanded by an Abakiliki court on Tuesday, facing charges related to online stalking and harassment.

Mrs. Chinyere Nwele, a 47-year-old social media personality recognized for her outspoken critiques, was arraigned on a two-count charge, with Chief Magistrate Linda Ogodo overseeing the proceedings.

The count charge reads as follows: “That you Nwele Chinyere, female, and others now at large on the 13th day of May,2024 at Abakiliki within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire amongest yourselves to commit felony to wit cyberstalking and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 27(b) of cybercrimes ( Prohibition and Prevention) Act 2024 (as amended).

” That you Chinyere Nwele and others now at large on the same date, place and in the aforementioned magisterial district did knowingly or internationally send a message via computer system to bully one Deborah Chinwe Okah of Ebonyi State Ministry of Budget, Planning, Research and Monitoring which you know to be false for the purpose of causing annoyance injury, hatred, ill-will against your victim and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 24( b) of cybercrimes ( Prohibition and Prevention)Act 2024( as amended).

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Mrs. Nwele, known for her critical posts on social media, could face significant legal consequences if convicted.

The case highlights ongoing issues of cyberstalking and online harassment in Nigeria, raising questions about the balance between free speech and the protection of individuals from online abuse.

The PDP and legal experts are closely watching the proceedings, which could set a precedent for future cases under Nigeria’s updated cybercrime laws.

In Nigeria, the internet’s double-edged sword is on full display. While connectivity brings many benefits, it also enables cyberstalking and harassment, a toxic trend that’s gaining alarming traction.

A sinister phenomenon is gaining traction in Nigeria, where cyberstalking and online harassment are becoming increasingly commonplace. These incidents typically entail threats, intimidation, and smear campaigns, all waged through the convenient anonymity of social media, emails, and other digital outlets.

The faceless nature of online interactions has become a refuge for perpetrators, allowing them to strike with impunity and leaving their victims with little recourse for justice.

The psychological toll of cyberstalking and online harassment in Nigeria can be devastating, leaving victims reeling from anxiety, depression, and feelings of utter helplessness. Moreover, these incidents can have serious consequences, including damage to one’s reputation, financial stability, and even physical safety.

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