Nigeria Police Declare Blogger Wanted Amid Social Media Dispute

Nigeria Police Force declares UK-based blogger Dorcas Adeyinka wanted over cyber-stalking, abduction, and extortion allegations. Adeyinka's lawyer claims she has always cooperated with authorities and honored police invitations, calling the declaration "misguided" and "derogatory".

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Nigeria Police Declare Blogger Wanted Amid Social Media Dispute

Nigeria Police Declare Blogger Wanted Amid Social Media Dispute

The Nigeria Police Force has based, declared Dorcas Adeyinka, a Nigerian blogger based in the United Kingdom, wanted in connection with allegations of cyber-stalking, abduction, injurious falsehood, threat to life, and extortion. The declaration was made in a Special Police Gazette Bulletin issued to the public on Sunday.

Adeyinka's lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has responded to the declaration, stating that his client has always cooperated with the authorities and honored police invitations. Olajengbesi described the police's action as "misguided" and "derogatory," claiming that Adeyinka was a law-abiding citizen who had never shunned any police invitation.

Why this matters: This case highlights the challenges of regulating social media in Nigeria and the potential for abuse of power by law enforcement agencies. It also raises concerns about the safety and privacy of online users, particularly women, who are often targeted with harassment and cyberbullying.

The dispute originated from a social media altercation, where Adeyinka's private images were circulated online. She sought assistance from the police but faced further harassment and attempts to silence her. In December 2023, similar unfounded charges were levied against her, but the court struck them out due to lack of evidence. Adeyinka was later summoned for questioning by the Inspector General of Police's Monitoring Unit in Abuja, where no substance was found in the allegations.

The police bulletin described Adeyinka as a married female Yoruba blogger from Ekiti State and Ibadan, Oyo State capital. She is approximately 1.64 meters tall, with an oval face, pointed nose, distinctive tribal marks, black hair, larger head, and prominent chin. Her last known address was 833 Woolick Road, United Kingdom, but she is suspected to frequently visit areas in Nigeria, including Ikeja, Ogudu, Fagba in Lagos State, and Otta and Sango in Ogun State.

In a related development, the Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 6, Abuja, has summoned two socialites, Tolulope Adeoye (aka Abike Jagaban) and Tolulope Odegbami (aka Olowosibi), to appear in court on June 4, 2024, to answer charges related to sharing a nude photo of Adeyinka. According to the court summons dated May 9, 2024, Abike Jagaban shared the complainant's nude pictures on YouTube, directing her followers to different online platforms where the complainant's pictures were shared, and ridiculed the complainant in the process.

Olajengbesi claims that Adeyinka was assured by the investigating team that the Lagos Police office would extend an invitation to her and all concerned parties to finalize the matter, but this invitation did not materialize until a public announcement was made regarding her reception of a Chieftaincy title on May 11, 2024. "The proclamation of her being wanted, especially when her availability was evident, and she was in a public event just yesterday, May 11, 2024, where she was decorated, suggests either a misguidance within the Nigeria Police Force or an unauthorized access to their official channels to make such a derogatory statement," Olajengbesi stated.

The investigation into Dorcas Adeyinka and the related court summons for Tolulope Adeoye and Tolulope Odegbami are the latest developments in the ongoing social media dispute involving the Nigerian blogger. As the case unfolds, Adeyinka's lawyer maintains that his client is a law-abiding citizen who has cooperated with authorities throughout the investigation.

Key Takeaways

  • Nigeria Police Force declares UK-based blogger Dorcas Adeyinka wanted for cyber-stalking, abduction, and extortion.
  • Adeyinka's lawyer claims she has always cooperated with authorities and honored police invitations.
  • The case originated from a social media altercation where Adeyinka's private images were circulated online.
  • Two socialites, Tolulope Adeoye and Tolulope Odegbami, are summoned to court for sharing Adeyinka's nude photo.
  • Adeyinka's lawyer describes the police's action as "misguided" and "derogatory", citing lack of evidence.