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Benue State Magistrate Court sitting in Makurdi, the State capital has remanded a medical doctor, Kadev Kenneth Kelvin, at the federal correctional facility in Makurdi over an allegation of cyberstalking.

He was accused of making a Facebook post on 12th March 2023 where he revealed that he stitched the lacerated anus of the Benue State publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Bemgba Iortyom, after he was sodomized in Abuja prison in 2017.

Information from the police reads that “On the 13/03/2023, a criminal petition was received by the Commissioner of Police written by D.K. Iorhemba and Co as Barrister and Solicitors on behalf of Bemgba Iortyom, the PDP Publicity Secretary, Benue State, stating that one Kadev Kenneth Kelvin, a medical doctor who works at Kadev Health Systems Services of No.9 opposite Holy Covenant, Otukpo Road, Makurdi.

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“The report further revealed that the named doctor had made damaging comments about Bemgba on 12/03/2023 at about 11 pm while chatting with one Gabriel Terungwa Shange. He was reported to have said ‘my brother, if Bemgba Iortyom wants to go dirty, just inform me, the day he found out that, I was the medical doctor that stitched his lacerated anus when he was sodomized in Abuja prison in 2017 he blocked me.”

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As a result of the report, the police commenced its investigation, arrested the medical doctor and a screenshot of his statement on Facebook as an evidence that he confessed to committing the said offence.

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According to the police, the offence contravenes section 24(1)(a)(b)(i) of the Cyber Crimes Prohibition and Prevention Act, 2015. However, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction when the case came up.

Therefore the police prosecutor, Inspector S. O. Itodo informed the court that an investigation into the matter was still in progress. He asked the court for another date to enable the prosecution to prove its case.

Peter Okoye, PBA Journalism Mentee
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