THE RISE OF NON-CONSENSUAL PORNOGRAPHY IN NIGERIAN CYBERSPACE: IMPERATIVES FOR STATUTORY CRIMINALISATION

Nnamdi G. Ikpeze, Oyebanke APARA

Abstract


Taking intimate pictures of oneself or partner may be part of a healthy relationship and has become increasingly common. However, a disturbing trend has emerged in the Nigerian cyberspace of circulation of pornographic images of rape victims, victims of sexual assault, and non-consensual pornography. Nigerian law suffers from a lacuna in regulating these pornographic activities. While statutes regulating similar activities such as the Obscene Publications Act exist, there are gaps yet to be addressed. This article identifies the rise in the publications of such grossly indecent and obscene material especially on the internet and other media, classifies the crimes falling under non-consensual pornography, examines the status quo, the existing legal structure for regulating publication of obscene materials and proposes reforms to criminalise revenge porn and non-consensual pornography specifically in Nigeria

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