Blessing CEO remanded in prison over alleged cyber-bullying
Social media influencer Blessing Okoro aka Blessing CEO has been remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) till May 30.
The police arraigned the self-proclaimed relationship and mental health expert on Friday at a Federal High Court in Lagos on a six-count charge of alleged cyber-bullying, libel and for exhibiting uncensored movies.
Justice Yelim Bogoro remanded her pending the hearing of her bail application.
Prosecutor Rotshang Dimka of the Force Headquarters, Abuja, said Okoro of Lekki, Lagos on October 16, 2022, “intentionally sent messages using her Instagram handle @officialblessingceo to bully, threaten and harass one Folashade Samuels, a.k.a Mamajazz, a younger sister to the late Bimbo Ogbonna.”
The late Bimbo, the wife of a Lagos celebrity auto dealer Ikechukwu Ogbonna, popularly known as IVD, died last year in a fire incident at their residence in Lekki.
Blessing CEO was also accused of using Instagram to injure the reputation of Folashade Samuels and the late Bimbo Ogbonna by exposing them to hatred, contempt and ridicule.
The police further accused her of exhibiting a film and video work titled ‘Sweet Sour’ without a censorship certificate and without holding a licence as issued by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).
According to the police, some of the messages allegedly sent by the defendant included: “Let’s ask Mamajazz where her father is??? Their father had exactly the same issue with their mother Ebele and he ran away for us (sic) dear life. IVD’s crime was that he was not man enough to run.
“The family of late Bimbo is after IVD’’s properties and life. Especially her elder sister Mamajazz. Bimbo and IVD are well-known people in Lagos and it’s not a hidden fact that even in their estate that Bimbo is violent. Everybody knows how she breaks a bottle on her husband’s head on a daily. Bimbo killed herself and has always wanted to kill herself right from childhood. Evidence loading. All the voice notes and evidence will be on my YouTube and Facebook. Subscribe.”
Blessing CEO pleaded not guilty.