Cybercrime had become a common pattern of earning money among the Youth, just recently twitter accounts belonging to some popular and prominent profile in the world had been hacked.
A Nigerian student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso was in the custody of police since last 2 months ago for allegedly setting in up a Twitter parody account for the former Nigerian President, Good luck Jonathan.
A parody account is against the twitter rules except with the permission of the operator of the account which must be indicated on his profile page.
Though on his profile page Olusola informed his followers that the account is parody one.
The account profile read in part, “BrezzirsLife, not GEJ. On several tweets, Olusola reportedly set up an account on the twitter borrowing Jonathan’s profile picture and names but with handle the @jayythedole’.
Through the handle, Olusola reportedly released witty comments including some subtle jabs to Jonathan’s wife.
Source said that “the student was said to have been arrested on May 23, 2020.
@djsheylex tweeted on Wednesday, “Twitter influencer @jayythedope has been in detention at the Force Crime Investigation Department over a tweet he made weeks ago regarding the ex-President’s wife. He’s been in detention for 53 days and he clearly stated it was parody.”
Speaking with The press on Friday, a human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, said “the student was arrested after a complaint by the former President to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Policemen were said to have obtained information of Olusola’s call log record from a telecommunications service provider.
The call history linked him to his uncle, a pastor in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, who was immediately placed under house arrest by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives and was ordered to invite Olusola to his residence for onward arrest, which was done.
Akinyode said Olusola was subsequently taken to Abuja”.
He said, “I was informed that it was one of the aides to former President Jonathan that saw the parody account on Twitter and informed his boss. Jonathan immediately reported to the IG and that was how investigations began.
Olusola has no parents and has not been able to meet the bail conditions hence his continued detention. However, we believe he will be out soon,” Akinyode said.
The lawyer, however, said “Section 22(3)(c) of the Cybercrime Act places the burden on Jonathan to show that Olusola had used the Twitter account to defraud members of the public or defame his character.
There have been calls for Olusola’s release on social media in the last three days with the #Freeshola trending at number one on Twitter on Tuesday”.
Jonathan is currently on an ECOWAS assignment in Mali where he is leading peace talks.