A Nigerian woman took to the streets to demand the release of beleaguered relationship coach and social media star Blessing Okoro, also known as Blessing CEO. Okoro has been imprisoned since April 1, 2023, for allegedly cyberbullying Folashade Samuels, the sister of the late Bimbo Ogbonna, wife of auto dealer IVD.
The unidentified woman, seen in a viral video, pleaded vehemently for Blessing CEO’s release. The woman, who was carrying a poster that read “Free Blessing CEO,” requested the Nigerian Police to free Blessing, who she claimed committed no crime. She also urged that the police arrest her instead, so that Blessing could be released to attend medical check-ups.
The demonstrator said that Blessing CEO was being jailed unjustly and that Nigeria protects freedom of expression. Queen Rita, a social media influencer, claimed that Blessing CEO is still detained since she has failed to meet her bail requirements. She was granted bail in the amount of N10 million naira with two sureties in the same amount, but Blessing CEO remains incarcerated two weeks later.
Meanwhile, actress Nkechi Blessing’s ex-lover Opeyemi Falegan has offered to serve as a surety for Blessing CEO. Falegan admitted that he was moved by women’s suffering and wanted to help, despite his dissatisfaction with the bail conditions. He added that he did not approve Blessing CEO’s social media behavior, but that two wrongs do not equal a right.
Falegan wondered whether someone outside Nigeria might act as a guarantor for Blessing CEO after sharing a photo of her and her bail conditions. He admitted to meeting some of the bail terms and sought legal counsel. Falegan expressed his desire for forgiveness and understanding, recalling his own experience with social media reaction.
The fervent public reaction shows the controversial character of Blessing CEO’s case, with many demanding her release and others arguing that she must face the repercussions of her actions. With the issue still unfolding, it remains to be seen whether Falegan’s offer of aid will result in Blessing CEO’s release.