Nathaniel Bassey petitions IGP over paternity rumour by 4 social media users

Nathaniel Bassey petitions IGP over paternity rumour by 4 social media users
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Bassey was at the centre of a paternity rumour on social media last week when some netizens alleged that he fathered the son of a female gospel singer.

Gospel singer Nathaniel Bassey has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, seeking the investigation and prosecution of four persons for alleged criminal defamation and cyberstalking against him.

The ace singer turned in the petition through his lawyers, Peter Abraham, Uche Matthew, Gbenga Agunloye, and Anthony Abia, on Monday, April 1, 2024.

This is coming barely a week after four social media users concocted a vicious insinuation that Bassey is the biological father of the son of a fellow gospel singer.

The allegation quickly gained virality as photos of the singer and the toddler were circulated online for juxtaposition.

Consequently, Bassey’s lawyers urged the police authorities to, with all sense of urgency, treat the petition against the four social media users, identified in the petition as Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, Terrence Ekot and Dj Spoiltkid.

“Our client is a gospel music minister whose songs and ministrations have impacted the lives of so many from different walks of life across the globe.

“On Friday, the 29th day of March 2024, Mercy Chinwo Blessed another popular gospel music minister, and her husband posted pictures of their son and themselves on different social media platforms.

“However, our client was disheartened, saddened, and grossly disturbed to find that the above-mentioned suspects, as mischief makers with a criminal intent to destroy the image and character of our client, had made different social media posts of defamatory matter, calling our client ‘the father of minister Mercy Chinwo Blessed’s son,’ a woman who is married to another man.

“The post by Mr. Okoronkwo Ejike has since gone viral on the platform. In reaction to the post, Mr. Kingsley Ibeh commented on Mr. Okoronkwo’s post with a picture of our client with the caption “The real father of the baby.”

“In a post on the platform “X” formerly known as Twitter, “Dj SpoiltKid” a verified X user, quoted the statement by Okoronkwo Ejike along with a screenshot of the post and added, “When are we doing DNA test?”

“In another post, Mr. Terrence Ekot, on the platform “X” made a post thus: “Take a look at the stunning resemblance of mercy chinwo’s son and Nathaniel Bassey. Though duo has been working together on several projects in the past..what do you have to say?” the petition partly read.

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Nathaniel Bassey petitions IGP over paternity rumour by 4 social media users
Nathaniel Bassey petitions IGP over paternity rumour by 4 social media users

While claiming that the social media posts by the four individuals amounted to the complete assassination of Bassey’s character, the lawyers also said the actions contravened Sections 373 and 375 of the Criminal Code Act as well as Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.).

“These nefarious acts of these suspects, if not immediately dealt with, will continue to destroy our client’s image, injure his reputation, assassinate his character, and cast aspersion on the good name built by our client over the years.

“The consequences of making such statements on social media have been known to tarnish the reputations of individuals, render marriages unstable, and many never recover from them. International reputation is an asset—both for the individual and for the nation—and it takes time to acquire.

“Consequently, we urge you to use your good offices to, in the interest of justice, investigate this matter, arrest, and bring the suspect to justice, which will serve as a deterrent to others,” the petition stated.

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