Gospel Singer Nathaniel Bassey files petition with the IGP and charges social media users of slander.

Gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey, has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to investigate and prosecute four individuals for allegedly accusing him of being the father of Mercy Chinwo’s child.

The gospel singer submitted the petition through his lawyers, Peter Abraham, Uche Matthew, Gbenga Agunloye, and Anthony Abia, on Monday, April 1, 2024.

Last week, four social media users alleged that Bassey fathered the son of fellow popular gospel singer Mercy Chinwo, an allegation that went viral on X.

Bassey’s lawyers emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating that such false accusations not only harm Bassey’s reputation but also have broader consequences on personal and professional fronts.

“Our client is a gospel music minister whose songs and ministrations have impacted the lives of so many from different walks of life across the globe.

“On Friday, the 29th day of March 2024, Mercy Chinwo another popular gospel music minister, and her husband posted pictures of their son and themselves on different social media platforms.

“However, our client was disheartened, saddened, and grossly disturbed to find that the above-mentioned suspects, as mischief makers with a criminal intent to destroy the image and character of our client, had made different social media posts of defamatory matter, calling our client ‘the father of minister Mercy Chinwo Blessed’s son,’ a woman who is married to another man.

The post by Mr. Okoronkwo Ejike has since gone viral on the platform. In reaction to the post, Mr. Kingsley Ibeh commented on Mr. Okoronkwo’s post with a picture of our client with the caption “The real father of the baby.”

The lawyers argued that the social media posts by the four individuals amounted to character assassination.

They said the actions violated Sections 373 and 375 of the Criminal Code Act, along with Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act.

“The consequences of making such statements on social media have been known to tarnish the reputations of individuals, render marriages unstable, and many never recover from them. International reputation is an asset, both for the individual and for the nation and it takes time to acquire.

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