Cyberbullying: Police place N5 million bounty on wanted Canada-based Nigerian

The Edo Police Command on Monday placed a N5 million reward for information that would lead to the arrest of one Rachael Iyonmana, a Canada-based Nigerian lady, over allegations of cyberbullying/stalking, defamation and impersonation.

Addressing journalists in Benin, the command’s spokesperson, Chidi Nwabuzor, said the police had, in January, declared the suspect wanted in its Special Police Gazette Bulletin.

“On January 11, the Commissioner of Police received a petition from the chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Edo State Council, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, over the alleged offence of cyberbullying/stalking and defamation of character, against one Rachael Eboni Osazee Iyonmana,” he said

The police spokesman said the command had written a letter to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Force CID Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos, but while the police were on her trail to effect the arrest, intelligence revealed that the suspect was in Canada.

Mr Nwabuzor said the suspect opened multiple Facebook accounts, using the petitioner’s photographs and full name on Facebook, and used demeaning, derogatory language to defame the petitioner’s personality.

“From investigation, Rachael is based in Canada. Therefore, anybody with information about her presence in Nigeria should inform the police. The information would be entertained by the office of the Commissioner of Police, PPRO and Anti-kidnapping and cybercrime unit, and the informant would be rewarded with N5 million,” said the PPRO.

He noted that the Nigerian Police had also synergised with the Nigeria Immigration Service to arrest the suspect at any time in Nigeria.