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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

Gospel artist Nathaniel Bassey has taken legal action by petitioning the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to investigate and prosecute four individuals for alleged criminal defamation and cyberstalking against him. Through his legal representatives – Peter Abraham, Uche Matthew, Gbenga Agunloye, and Anthony Abia – Bassey submitted the petition on Monday, April 1, 2024.

The move comes in response to a recent incident where four social media users propagated a baseless rumor suggesting that Bassey is the biological father of a fellow gospel singer’s child. The false allegation quickly gained traction on social media platforms as photos of the singer and the child were circulated online.

Bassey’s legal team has urged law enforcement authorities to swiftly address the petition against the four individuals identified as Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, Terrence Ekot, and Dj Spoiltkid. They highlighted that the defamatory posts made by these individuals not only tarnished Bassey’s reputation but also violated criminal statutes such as Sections 373 and 375 of the Criminal Code Act and Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.).

The petition emphasized the damaging impact of such false statements on social media, which can ruin individuals’ reputations and destabilize marriages. Bassey’s legal representatives stressed the importance of taking action to address the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice as a deterrent to others.

In conclusion, the petition called upon law enforcement authorities to investigate the issue promptly and ensure that justice is served in the interest of protecting Bassey’s reputation and preventing similar incidents in the future.