A Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, on Wednesday, sentenced a married man Ayan Olubunmi to two years in prison for posting nude pictures of his ex-lover, Arare Monica, on Facebook.
The man was also fined N500,000.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who made the ruling, said he had been lenient with the convict.
The suit marked FHC/AD/17c/2017 was between the Attorney General of the Federation and Olubunmi.
Mrs A. Oyewole, the counsel to the AGF, told the court that Olubunmi had earlier threatened to post nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend, Monica, on the social media sometimes in 2017, when the lady told him she was no longer interested in their relationship.
The counsel to the AGF, said Monica, a single lady, had pleaded with Olubunmi, who is married with children, not to carry out his threat, consequent upon which the convict requested that a sum of N200,000 be paid to him as inducement so as not to expose the nude pictures.
Monica said in spite of that, Olubunmi went ahead to post the pictures when it dawned on him that Monica could not pay the money in record time.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said Olubunmi was found guilty of committing the crime, after considering all pieces of evidence made available to the court.
Justice Taiwo said the pieces of evidence 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 presiding 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.
Justice Taiwo ruled 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.
“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,” the judge said.