The Nigeria Police Force has called a social media celebrity, Martins Vincent Otse, also known as VeryDarkMan, for suspected cyberbullying of Nollywood star Tonto Dikeh.
VeryDarkMan revealed this in a viral video viewed on Wednesday, when he expressed concern for his safety as he walked into the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Abuja, the country’s capital.
He said, “I am about to enter FCID, Area 10 over the invite that was sent to me. And just in case you don’t see me online later, make you know now where I enter.
“You understand, you know, the last time because of the dates and how they set up the dates, I suspected something fishy and now I’m going in there. However, they no tell me who personally filed a report. They say nah cyberbullying, cyberstalking.
“I know I’ve never sent anybody an e-mail. I’ve never DM’d anybody to say anything harsh or say anything negative to the person, so I don’t know where they’re getting that idea. For me, I’m suspecting something. I feel like I’m not safe in it. But then again, to the person that sent (the complaints), I hope you understand that they’ll find out who you are. You understand they will, definitely. Who you are, you understand, so whatever plan you get, I don tell una. If una no see me, go and ask them.”
“And if you touch me, I come outside and talk. If they threatened me, If I come outside, I go talk. Anything wey dem do, If I come outside, I go talk, they sha no go fit pai (kill) me.”
The social media influencer went on to say that he would never apologise publicly to anyone if the police ordered him to, even if it meant spending extra time in custody.
He continued: “Like I said, if nah all those thing wey dey go make person con apologize online, I no dey apologise to anybody. I go rather stay inside there for 10 years, knowing fully well that I did not say anything to anybody.
“All the things I’ve said online is based on public importance or public awareness. You understand, I’ve never gone out of my way to start picking one person and start bashing. Everything I’ve said online is based on public awareness. Down to skin care, down to everything. I’ve said is based on public awareness and even down to the whole Mohbad things.
“It is because they’re trying to like lynch people, they were all scattered. They didn’t want to report it to the police. I said they should go to the police. They wanted to take law into their hands.”
A look at Tonto Dikeh’s Instagram page revealed that the actress was most likely behind the petition that placed VeryDarkMan in the police station.
“When a child thinks he is grown enough to talk to elders you never engage, just act,” the actress captioned a picture displaying the moment VeryDarkMan was at the police station.
The problem could be related to statements made by the duo in November 2023 regarding the late musician, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, also known as Mohbad.
VeryDarkMan had chastised Tonto Dikeh and others for urging the Nigerian police to release the late singer’s body for a proper burial.
He stated that Mohbad’s remains could not be released for burial until the police concluded their investigation.
It could also be related to the alleged cyberbullying of Mohbad’s wife.
In December 2023, Wunmi, Mohbad’s wife, accused her father-in-law, Mr Aloba, of threatening to kill her and her eight-month-old son, Liam, via Very Dark Man and others based in South Africa and Nigeria.
Wunmi stated that Mohbad’s father accused her of being responsible for her husband’s murder and threatened to remove her and her son from Mohbad’s possessions.
She lamented that she had been receiving calls from VeryDarkMan and a young man from South Africa named Hayat, who had told her where she lived in order to demonstrate that they could harm her if they so desired.
She claimed that they threatened to kill her and her kid because she was preventing her father-in-law from having access to Mohbad’s possessions.
Wunmi also accused her father-in-law of trying to get her mother-in-law to join the conspiracy accusing her of poisoning Mohbad.
She said, “My father-in-law went to social media to say that I killed my husband. The reason he said that was because he didn’t want anything that belonged to my husband to be given to my son. He wants to have access to everything.
“He has called my husband’s legal team and everybody else possible but they told him it will be done in a proper legal way but he never wanted it to be so. That is why he went to the media to spoil my name.
“He has accused me of adding a poisonous substance to my husband’s food. He said it in court and also told the media that. He never knew it was my brother-in-law who prepared my husband’s last noodles. He thought I was the one. He said to the media that I used to add a poisonous substance to my husband’s food when he was alive.
“When he got to know that it was my brother-in-law, Adurah who prepared the noodles my husband ate before he died, he called my mother-in-law and told her that they should insist that I prepared the noodles my husband ate before he died and not my brother-in-law. He asked my brother-in-law to join him in accusing me of killing my husband but my mother-in-law and brother-in-law refused to be part of it.”
Speaking further, Wunmi said, “He has been on social media saying that I sleep around with different men. A Very Dark Man has also been on the media defaming me and my son. He has been telling people that my son is a bastard and that Sam Larry, who was among the people who bullied my husband, is responsible for my child.
“There is also a guy in South Africa called Hayat, who did a video a few days ago, saying that my son would die before he turns a year old and that he would make sure he finds me and kills me. He said he would not rest if he did not kill me.
“He said it was because of my son that my husband was killed. There has been a lot of cyberbullying. There are many.”