A 27-year-old man identified as Josephat Okari from Misses village in Kisii County has been arrested on allegations of cyberbullying and defamation.
Speaking to KNA, Bomachoge Chache Sub-County Criminal Investigation Officer Leonard Lutta and Moses Kiage the Founder and Lead pastor of Misses Revival Fire Evangelist Church in Kisii accused Okari of stealing his Facebook login credentials and later using his Facebook account to defraud unsuspicious citizens and tarnishing his name on the said platform.
Kiage narrated how Okari had tarnished his reputation by allegedly posting false information on Facebook, a social media platform. “He really dragged my name into the mud and as a law-abiding citizen and a faithful leader of the church, that can be daunting. He got access to my Facebook account, through my phone that I had lent him previously,” said Kiage.
Kiage explained that Okari’s major target on the social media platform were women whom he preyed on their sympathy, vulnerability, and emotional attachment to his emotive tales.
“He took all contacts from my phone and shared to them a WhatsApp group link with an intention of maliciously soliciting for funds to help vulnerable children that I have been fending for,” Kiage said.
Lutta stated that cyberbullying is a serious crime and there is a need to sensitize the community about basic skills to protect themselves against cybercriminals and the need to practice personal data protection.
Okari is currently a college student in one of the teachers training colleges in the country and is computer literate.