Nathaniel Bassey petitions IGP over allegations he fathered Mercy Chinwo’s son

Nathaniel Bassey petitions IGP over allegations he fathered Mercy Chinwo’s son
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Frontline gospel minister, Nathaniel Bassey, has petitioned
the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, over allegations that he
fathered Mercy Chinwo’s son.

 

Bassey urged the IGP to investigate and prosecute four
persons whom he accused of criminal defamation and cyberstalking.

 

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

 

Last week, four social media users alleged that Bassey
fathered the son of the popular gospel singer, an allegation that went viral on X.

 

The lawyers, therefore, urged the police authorities to
urgently treat the petition against the four social media users, identified in
the petition as Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, Terrence Ekot and Dj Spoiltkid.

 

The petition reads: “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.

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“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 lawyers said the social media posts by the four
individuals amounted to complete assassination of Bassey’s character.

 

“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 lawyers said the alleged actions of the four individuals
contravened sections 373 and 375 of the Criminal Code Act as well as Section
24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.).

 

“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.

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“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.”

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