Gospel Artist Nathaniel Bassey Takes Legal Action Over False Paternity Allegations Involving Mercy Chinwo’s Child

Renowned Gospel singer Nathaniel Bassey has taken legal steps by petitioning the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.

The petition, lodged on April 1, 2024, through his legal representatives Peter Abraham, Uche Matthew, Gbenga Agunloye, and Anthony Abia, seeks to address allegations made by certain individuals on social media platforms that have sparked national attention.

The crux of the matter lies in accusations made by social media users—Okoronkwo Ejike, Kingsley Ibeh, Terrence Ekot, and Dj Spoiltkid. These individuals have been named in Bassey’s petition for allegedly spreading false claims that he is the father of fellow gospel artist Mercy Chinwo’s child. The rumors gained momentum and spread across social media platforms like X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram, leading to considerable public discourse.

Bassey, through his legal team, has called upon the Inspector General to thoroughly investigate these allegations and take appropriate legal actions against the accused for what has been described as criminal defamation and cyberstalking. The petition highlights the significant impact of the accusations on Bassey’s reputation, emphasizing his esteemed role as a gospel music minister with a global influence.

The situation unfolded when Mercy Chinwo Blessed, another prominent figure in the gospel music industry, shared photos of her son and her husband across various social media platforms on March 29, 2024. Following this, the accused individuals reportedly made posts insinuating that Bassey, rather than Chinwo’s husband, was the child’s father. These posts and comments have been met with widespread criticism for their potential to cause harm not only to Bassey’s personal and professional reputation but also to the involved families.

Bassey’s legal team has pointed out the severe implications of such accusations, noting how they breach specific sections of the Criminal Code Act and the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act. They argue that these actions not only tarnish individual reputations but also have the potential to destabilize families, with long-term effects that may be difficult to recover from.

The petition ends with a call for justice, urging the Inspector General of Police to act decisively to address this matter. The aim is not only to clear Bassey’s name but also to set a precedent that may deter similar acts of defamation and cyberstalking in the future.


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