The police have arraigned a 19-year-old, David Oritsegbeyiwa Ofoeyeno, who was discovered to be the kingpin of a cyberbully cartel across tertiary institutions in Nigeria, following six months of covert investigations carried out by the Akin Fadeyi Foundation in collaboration with the Afe Babalola University, following a complaint on the foundation’s Flagit app.
Ofoeyeno, a 300 level Media and Communication studies student of the Afe Babalola University was arraigned before the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit a felony with cyber fraud, attempt to defraud, impersonation, threat to expose nudes and cyberstalking, among others.
David is alleged to have cyberbullied 17 identified Nigerian girls across various universities in Nigeria, including Elizade University in Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, and Kaduna State University but four of his victims were at the same institution with him and were minors when the action started.
Allegations against him in the charge which has the Inspector General of Police as the complainant is that he, between September 2019 and October 2020, Ofoeyeno aka Chaz conspired to commit felony to wit cyber fraud against a young girl who was then a minor (name withheld) and committed an offence punishable under Section 27 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention) Act 2015.
He was also alleged to have sent electronic messages that he has the nudes of his victim, with a threat to make it public with the intent to defraud and obtained some money from her for this committing an offence punishable under Section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention) Act 2015.
He was alleged to have used an Access Bank account number with account name Amaju Gina Olamateyo and account number 1386852492 to obtain the money from his victim, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention) Act 2015. An account that investigators at Akin Fadeyi Foundation declared that was untraceable because it had no BVN, adding that the bank should be investigated.
Ofoeyeno was also alleged to have impersonated another individual identified as Seun Adeyemi, holder of ‘O Pay’ account number 7026480437 to impersonate another victim.
Ofoeyeno, who pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was granted administrative bail on the consideration of health grounds was said to have committed the offence with others at large.
Speaking on the matter, the founder of Akin Fadeyi Foundation, the initiators of the Flagit App, a mobile application, initiated to tackle corruption and other societal vices, Akin Fadeyi, stated that there must be no sacred cow as it is disheartening that that young Nigerians have turned Nigerian universities to platforms of cyberbullying and stalking, adding that
He identified Ofoeyeno as the kingpin of the cartel that usually approaches ladies for relationship and would consequently lure them to send their nude photos for beauty pageant entries after securing their trust, adding that the cartel continued making demand until one of the victims almost committed suicide before getting information that she could report via the Flagit app.
He said they launched investigations and after two months approached the management of Afe Babalola University and Mrs Bisi Fayemi, wife of Ekiti State governor, adding that the institution cooperated fully and left no stone unturned in assisting the investigations process while the governor’s wife also lent her support; expressing gratitude to Aare Afe Babalola and the school management for refusing to cover up the crime and to Mrs Fayemi for rising up to defend the innocent victims.
Also speaking, Mr Wahab Babatunde, the Student Affairs officer at Afe Babalola University confirmed the development, reiterating that ABUAD remains committed to its philosophy of graduating students with the criteria of learning and character, adding that the institution’s certificate is not awarded based on academic excellence alone.
He commended the cooperation and investigative efforts of the Akin Fadeyi Foundation while led to the exposure of Ofoeyeno as the mastermind and ransom collector for the cartel, adding that efforts by the defendant’s mother to disrupt the investigation and trial of her son did not affect the resolve of the institution to see that justice is manifestly done.
The case before the court was adjourned till December 10 for hearing.
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