Two women face trial for posting nude videos
By Kayode Olabanji
Two women, Ruth Bosede Fasua, 32, and Dolapo Aderiye, 42, are awaiting trial before an Akure Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly posting nude videos and pictures of one middle-aged woman,(names withheld) on social media.
The duo were brought before Magistrate Mayomi Olanipekun, on four counts of conspiracy, misdemeanor, defamation and breach of public peace.
According to the prosecution, Fasua and Aderiye, allegedly committed the offence between the year 2016 and 2019, within Akure metropolis, in the Akure Magisterial District.
The prosecution said the defendants conspired in a manner or form to publish online, the nude pictures and videos of the complainant in order to provoke or ridicule her before members of the public.
The video was said to have been posted via WhatsApp through the phone number (08109824791) and thereby caused the breach of public peace.
The alleged offence was said to be contrary to and punishable under sections. 517, 88A, 375, and 249(d) of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The defendants, who had earlier pleaded not guilty to the four counts charge on their first appearance were granted bail in sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The prosecutor, Inspector Adeoye Adesegun, told the court that the case was adjourned for hearing at the last sitting.
He urged the court to grant one more adjournment, because the nominal complainant was just being discharged from the hospital and needed some time to regain her strength.
On the evidences and witnesses to prosecute the case, Adesegun, told the court that the diskette to prove the case against the defendants was with the court.
But he declined releasing it to the defence due to the complexity of the case, stressing that it might rob the complainant of justice.
In his response, the defence counsel, Mr. Jimoh Famoritiye, opposed the prosecutor’s application, saying there are other evidences apart from the diskette which the court could still start with.
Famoritiye prayed the court to discountenance the prosecutor’s excuses and order him to produce all the evidence he needed to reply, especially the alleged video diskette of the complainant.
The counsel said he was only furnished with the defendants statements since the existence of the case.
Lawyer representing the complainant, Mr. Akinyemi Omowaire, aligned with the prosecutor’s application that the video diskette should not be given to the defence in order to guard the image of the complainant. He said all other evidences could be released.
The Magistrate, Mr. Olanipekun, adjourned the case till November 26, 2019, for ruling and ordered that the prosecution be ready to open their case.