Blessing Udoh, a 21-year-old woman, found herself in legal trouble as she was brought before the Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Monday. She stands accused of misleading the Nigeria Police with inaccurate information related to a murder case.
The charges, brought before Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun, allege that Udoh provided false information to law enforcement officers at the Satelite Divisional Headquarters and the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti. Specifically, she claimed that Christopher Ibekwe had murdered Moses Chidi by pushing him into a river.
However, investigations later revealed that this information was completely untrue. Rita Momoh, the police prosecutor, informed the court that the incident took place on November 3, 2022, in the Agboju area of Lagos State. The charges against Udoh fall under Sections 411 and 95 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The charge stated, “That you, Blessing Udoh, and one other now at large, on November 3, 2022, at the Agboju area of Lagos State, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did deliberately supply information to the Nigeria Police, State CID, Panti and Satellite Division that Christopher Ibekwe had killed one Moses Chidi, by pushing him into the river, an information you know to be false and misleading and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 95 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.”
During the court proceedings, Udoh pleaded not guilty to the charges. The magistrate granted her bail in the amount of N2 million, with two sureties required to match the sum.
The case has been adjourned until November 10, 2023, for further mention, highlighting the legal process that will unfold as Blessing Udoh faces the consequences of her alleged actions.