Alleged defamation: Police place N5m bounty on suspect - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, April 3, 2023

Alleged defamation: Police place N5m bounty on suspect

The Edo State Police Command has placed a sum of N5 million reward for any information that will lead to the arrest of one Rachael Eboni Osazee Iyonmana, based in Canada, over alleged defamation, cyber bullying, stalking, and impersonation.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Chidi  Nwabuzor, said the police had in January declared the suspect wanted in the Special Police Gazette Bulletin.

He said, “On January 11, the Commissioner of Police received a petition from the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalist, Edo State Council, Festus Alenkhe, over alleged offence of cyber bullying/stalking against one Rachael Eboni Osazee Iyonmana.

“In the course of investigation, the police declared the suspect wanted in the Special Police Gazette Bulletin,” he added.

He said the command wrote a letter to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Force CID Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos State.

He said while the police was on her trail to effect her arrest,  intelligence revealed that the suspect was in Canada.

Nwabuzor said while investigation was ongoing, the suspect opened multiple Facebook accounts, using the petitioner’s photographs and full name on the account to chat with unsuspecting members of the public.

He added, “On February 13, the suspect who based in Canada, also went out of her way to create different Facebook accounts using the complainant’s picture and continuing transmitting messages as if  the complainant is the one transmitting them.

“We want to make the public aware that those Facebook accounts created by suspect are not the handy work of the complainant. The suspect did that to make people believe that Festus is the one doing it.”

“From investigation, Rachael is based  in Canada. Therefore, anybody with the information of her presence in Nigeria whenever she visits, should inform the police and the information would be entertained by the office of the commissioner of police, PPRO and anti-kidnapping and cyber crime unit and the informant would be rewarded with N5 million.”

He said the Nigeria police is working with Nigerian Immigration Service with a view of arresting the suspect any time she visits Nigeria.

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