TikToker Convicted of Defaming Eniola Badmus Evades Jail by Paying N150k Fine
Okoye Blessing Nwakego, the TikToker who was found guilty by a federal high court in Lagos of defaming actress Eniola Badmus by accusing her of being a pimp, has managed to avoid imprisonment by paying a N150,000 fine.
According to LIB’s previous report, Nwakego faced a two-count charge related to cyberstalking. The charges accused her and another individual, Chimabia (who is currently at large), of conspiring to commit cyberstalking between December 2022 and July 2023 in Lagos. This offense is punishable under section 27 of the cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, etc) act 2015. Additionally, they were accused of knowingly transmitting offensive communications that could lead to danger, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will, and needless anxiety to the actress.
After her arraignment, Nwakego was found guilty of both charges by the federal high court on August 2. The court sentenced her to one year in prison, with the option to pay a N50,000 fine for count one, and two years in prison, with the option of a N100,000 fine for count two. The terms of imprisonment were set to be concurrent, while the terms of the fines were to be consecutive.
In order to avoid serving time behind bars, Nwakego has now paid the fine associated with her conviction.