For posting his former girlfriend’s nude photos on the internet, a man identified as Ayan Olubunmi has been sentenced to a two year imprisonment by the Federal High Court sitting in Adi Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The convict was also slammed with a fine of N500, 000 by the court, Tribune reports.
Ayan, was who is married with children, was said to have taken the illegal action after her victim, a single lady could not meet his demand of N200,000 as inducement for him not to post her picture on Facebook.
The suit numbered FHC/AD/17c/2017 which was between Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and Ayan Olubunmi was presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo.
Counsel to the AGF, Mrs Oyewole, had told the court that Ayan had threatened to post nude pictures of his ex- girlfriend, Monica, on the social media sometimes in 2017, when she opted out of the amorous relationship between them.
Delivering his judgement, on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo held that Ayan , who is in his forties was found guilty of committing the crime after several evidences were made available to the Court proved that he willfully and maliciously committed the crime.
Describing the crime as very disgraceful, despicable and barbaric, Justice Taiwo said Ayan is guilty of violating Section 24 (1) of the Cyber Crime Act, 2015 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The judge therefore sentenced the culprit to two years imprisonment, and a fine of N500,000 to be paid into the coffers of the Federal Government .
The jail term according to Justice Taiwi takes immediate effect, adding that he had been lenient in sentencing the culprit as the punishment for his crime attracted a fine of N7 million and three year jail term according to the Cyber Crime Act.
He said the Court tempered Justice with mercy because of the pleas of culprit’s counsel that he has a family and he is a first offender.
The judge lamented that those who made the law issuing a punishment of N7 million and three year jail term to the persons guilty of such crimes did not make provisions for compensation for the victim.
He therefore advised that such provision should be made by law makers in a future exercise in amending the laws.
Speaking further on the nature of the crime committed by Ayan, Justice Taiwo said:
“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.
I must say that the defendant who has a wife and children at home could find it easy to demean and embarrass a woman who was having an amorous affair with him.
“It is an act of meanness to attempt to, if he has not already tarnished the image and reputation of Asare Monica. The act of the convict is very strange in our society not to talk of in Ayesegba Ekiti and Ekiti State in general where there are very proud and educated men and women and the society is so closely linked together and everyone knows one another.
The world has become a global village with the emergence of the social media. Who knows who would have seen the nude pictures?
“Justice in this case demands that people like the convict should be taught a lesson that would serve as deterrent to others who may like to behave in such manner.
“Under no circumstance must Asare Monica or any of her families and relatives should be harassed by anyone. I therefore charge the police to arrest anyone is found to harass Monica or any of her relatives or families and friends,” he said.