A 46-year-old businesswoman, Basirat Awodeyi, on Monday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly impersonating a Facebook presenter and attempting to extort N5 million.
Awodeyi, who resides in Shomolu area of Lagos, was charged with conspiracy, false accusation, impersonation and demanding property by written threats.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Mr Augustine Nwabuisi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 7, on a Facebook page with the name Senator Jokotade Omoba’s Fan Page.
According to him, the defendant made different false accusations and wrote offensive information about the complainant, Mr Olamide Adeyemi, on the Facebook page.
He claimed that the page was not the original fan page of the talk show presenter, but a fake one created by the defendant.
Nwabuisi submitted that the defendant also demanded N5 million from the complainant to stop the defamation.
“My lord, Awodeyi went as far as posting a picture of mating dogs with the heads of the dogs’ photo shopped to the complainant’s head.
“The defendant did not hatch this scheme alone; we are, however, yet to apprehend her accomplices,” he said.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 411, 95 (b) (c), 380 (1) and 302 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 380 provides for a three-year jail term for impersonation, while 302 stipulates 14 years’ imprisonment for demanding property by written threat.
Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere granted the defendant’s bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Oghere said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until Sept. 25 for mention.