CYBERSTALKING AND ALLIED OFFENCES: EXPANDING THE FRONTIERS OF PORNOGRAPHIC AND OTHER FORMS OF BLACKMAIL UNDER THE NIGERIAN LAW

T.A. YUSUF

Abstract


It would appear that the offence of blackmail has found a new medium through the social media in Nigeria. Daily newspapers are awash with reports of incidences of blackmail via the social media with a large proportion of such being pornographic in nature. This worrying trend not only corrupts the moral values of the society but has also led to reports of suicide being committed by victims who are made to suffer for their indiscretion by being put to public shame or who are outright victims of Machiavellian antics of some perverted individuals. It is against the background of the above that this paper seeks to examine the provisions of penal enactments meant to check this growing trend and to canvass for the enlargement of their scope to effectively stem the growing occurrence of this offence.

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