Nineteen years old girl, Miss Challotte Delhi, accused of cyber stalking in the sharing of the nude video of a former Permanent Secretary of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, Dr. Walton Liverpool, on the social media has been granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The judge, Justice Isa Dashen, on Thursday after hearing the positions of the two counsels on the bail, granted the bail at N5million and a surety with landed property in the jurisdiction of the state.
The Department of State Services, in the suit number FHC/YNG/33C/2021, filed a one-count charge against the defendant alleging that she engaged in cyber stalking with intention of blackmail which is contrary to section 24(2)c and punishable under subparagraph (b) of the cybercrime (prohibition , prevention etc) Act, 2015.
The two motions on bail and commencement of trial were taken with both counsels, Principal Legal officer of the DSS, Victor Uchendu, and a former Attorney-General of Bayelsa State and Counsel to the Defendant, A.S. Arthur, agreeing to the bail of the accused.
After the ruling on bail, the presiding judge ordered commencement of the trial of the accused with the calling of former Permanent Secretary, Liverpool as the first witness.
In his revelation, Dr. Liverpool, whose nude picture was allegedly posted on the social media by the accused, said he met the accused through her friend request to him on Facebook on 23rd of August, 2021 and had a consenting sexual relationship at a popular hotel known as Golden Gate in the state capital.
He noted that the nude video allegedly released by the accused had caused him psychological and physical pains.
He said he almost committed suicide and fainted after his immediate and extended family viewed it on the Internet.
Meanwhile, Justice Dashen adjourned till November 9, 2021 to rule on the issue of exhibit to be admitted by the court.