Lover jailed two years for posting girlfriend’s nude pictures online

For posting nude pictures of his former lover on Facebook, a 40-year-old man, Olubunmi Ayan, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, who handed down the sentence to Ayan yesterday, also fined the convict N500,000 for posting nude pictures of his former girlfriend, Monica Arare, on the social media.

The judge also ordered the police to arrest anyone who harassed the victim as a result of Ayan’s conviction.

The suit, FHC/AD/17c/2017, was between Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), and Ayan.

Counsel to the AGF, Mrs. Oyewole, told the court that Ayan had threatened to post Monica’s nude pictures on the social media sometimes in 2017, when the lady told him she was no longer interested in their amorous relationship.

According to the counsel, Monica, a single lady, had pleaded with Ayan, who is married and has children, not to carry out his threat.

Oyewole said the convict then requested N200,000 as inducement for him to rescind his decision.

Ayan, however, posted Monica’s nude pictures as he threatened when the lady could not give him the money.

Delivering his judgement, Taiwo said Ayan was found guilty of committing the crime after evidence made available to the court established that he wilfully and maliciously committed the crime.

Describing the crime as disgraceful, very despicable and barbaric, the judge said Ayan was guilty of violating Section 24 (1) of the Cyber Crime Act, 2015 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

Taiwo therefore sentenced the convict to two years imprisonment, with a fine of N500,000 to be paid into the covers of the Federal Government.
The judge said that the jail term took immediate effect.

Taiwo added that he had been lenient in sentencing Ayan as the punishment for his crime attracted a fine of N7 million and three-year jail term, according to the Cyber Crime Act but the court tempered justice with mercy because of the pleas of the convict’s counsel that he has a family and he was a first offender.

The judge, however, regretted that the law which stipulated a N7 million fine and a three-year jail term did not make provisions for compensation for the victim. He therefore advised that such provision should be made by the lawmakers in a future exercise in amending the laws.

He added: “I find the act of the convict highly disgraceful, very despicable and barbaric to say the least, he has behaved truly to the saying that hell knows no fury than a lover’s scorned. 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 if her families and relatives should be harassed by anyone.” I therefore charge the police to arrest anyone found to harass Monica or any of her relatives or families and friends.”

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