[From CHRIS EZE, Yenagoa]
Department of State Services (DSS) has arraigned a teenager (names withheld) at the Federal High Court Yenagoa for circulating the nude video of Dr. Walton Liverpool, a retired Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa State Ministry of Education.
According to the one count charge of cyberstalking the defendant made and circulated a nude video of Liverpool on a Whatsapp group and social media after an unsuccessful attempt to extort the sum of N 15 million from Liverpool!
Our correspondent gathered that the defendant had allegedly recorded the video when she and Liverpool met at a hotel in Yenagoa and demanded the sum of N15 million.
According to the DSS, the defendant had on Sept 14 made and circulated nude images of the retired permanent secretary and circulated same on the social media contrary to the Cybercrimes Prohibition Act of 2015.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges as her Counsel Andrew Arthur applied for her bail since she had been in DSS custody for 13 days.
While arguing the bail application, Arthur told the court that the defendant had earlier been arraigned for criminal defamation and granted bail by a Bayelsa High Court but regretted that the DSS declined to release her on bail and chose to approach the Federal High Court.
The prosecution counsel, Mr. Victor Uchendu however opposed the bail application saying that he was served the application in the court room and needed time to study it and respond to the issues raised therein.
The trial Judge, Justice I.H Ndahen remanded the defendant at the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Yenagoa until Oct 21 to hear the bail application following the request of prosecution to study the application for possible grounds to oppose it.