A Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced a married man, Ayan Olubunmi, to a two-year -jail term with a fine of N500,000 for posting nude pictures of his ex-lover, Arare Monica, on Facebook.
Ayan had been dragged before the court after Monica petitioned the office of Attorney General of the Federation AGF, Malami Abubakar. Counsel to the AGF, O.A. Oyewole had told the court during hearing of the suit yesterday October 24th, that Ayan, a married man had had an affair with Monica and that when she asked for the relationship to end, he threatened to release her nude photos which she sent to him online unless she pays him N200, 000. When she couldn’t fulfill his monetary demand, Ayan went ahead with his threat and released her nudes on Facebook.
Justice Taiwo while delivering his judgement, said Olubunmi was found guilty of committing the crime, after considering all evidences made available to the court.
He said the evidences were weighty and incontrovertible enough to prove that the accused actually willfully and maliciously committed the crime.
Describing the crime as “disgraceful, very despicable and barbaric”, Justice Taiwo said Olubunmi was guilty of violating Section 24 (1) of the Cyber Crime Act, 2015 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The judge therefore sentenced the culprit to two years imprisonment with a fine of N500,000, to be paid into the coffers of the Federal Government.
He added that the jail term took immediate effect, stressing that the court was lenient in sentencing the culprit as the punishment for his crime attracts a fine of N7 million and three year jail term.
This, the judge said was in recognition of the plea of the defense counsel that his client has a family to look after and a first offender.
The judge however lamented that those who made the law attaching a punishment of N7 million and three year jail term to the persons guilty of such crimes did not make provisions for compensation for the victim.
He therefore called for appropriate amendment to the law to make provisions for compensation to victims.
“I find the act of the convict highly disgraceful, very despicable and barbaric to say the least, he has behaved true to the saying that hell knows no fury than a lover ‘s scorn
“I must say that the defendant who already has a wife and children at home could find it easy to demean and embarrass another woman who was having an amorous affair with him,” the judge said.