Police detectives attached to the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi, Lagos, have arrested a 23-year old school certificate holder, Babatunde Oyebode, who allegedly specialised in super-imposing nude pictures of prominent ladies on his website under the pretext that he is dating them.
Findings by The AUTHORITY indicated that the suspect had demanded N3.5 million from one of his victims.
The AUTHORITY gathered that the suspect had earlier duped prominent Nigerians including Wale Tinubu and Femi Otedola.
The AUTHORITY, however, learnt that luck ran out of the suspect when he attempted to collect the sum of N3 million from a female lawyer to enable him remove her provocative pictures from his site.
The victim had allegedly appealed to the suspect that she has no such money and that the pictures had not only badly affected her reputation, but had also led to the loss of her job. The pictures have also brought untold tension on her marital and social life.
The female lawyer was among the three different persons who petitioned the police.
The suspect who lived at 6th Avenue, FESTAC town, Lagos, was further accused of fraudulently running a website, naijagistlive.com which he used to send threat messages to high profile businessmen demanding for huge sums of money from them.
Confirming the development, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of SFU, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Lawal Audu, disclosed that the suspect has three different cases pending before SFU.
The first and second cases, he explained, have to do with threat to life and fraud.
According to him, “few days ago, one Dapo Balogun reported a case of extortion, black mail and threat to life against the suspect.
“The complainant claimed that the suspect had posted on naijagistlive.com a story alleging that he had worked with former Petroleum Minister, Deziani Allison-Maduekwe and that throughout the period he had fraudulently acquired huge sums of money.
“The complainant also claimed to have received a mail from the suspect, informing him that he should pay an undisclosed amount of money running into millions of naira to enable him remove the provocative story from the site.
“He also alleged that since then, he had been receiving threat messages from unknown callers demanding for huge sums of money or risk being kidnapped.
“The complainant said that the suspect also posted an annoying story on
the same naijagistlive.com alleging that a popular oil magnet had been sleeping with different girls in his office”
The Lagos Command Spokesman, disclosed that based on the strength of the petitions, operatives of the unit swung into action and arrested the suspect, adding that the suspect has another fraud case pending at the Federal High Court.
However, in a sift reaction, the suspect denied all the allegations claiming that he was framed by the owners of the website.
According to him, he was contracted to designed the website for an unknown client whom he only had dealings with via email.
“I design websites for people and after designing the site I will include my contacts in the website to attract other customers. I was arrested through my contact on naijagistlive.com,” he explained.
In a similar development detectives from SFU Ikoyi Lagos have explained that the five undergraduate students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, it arrested few days ago, were allegedly involved in a fraud amounting N8.5 million
The suspects include Nwaokorie Somadina, Ekweme Somtomchukwu, Chris Kizito, Ude Cyprian, Ebuka Emmanuel.
The suspects, however, claimed that somebody collected their account details but they do not know that he would use it to commit financial atrocities.
They are currently assisting detectives at SFU to unravel the whereabouts of the alleged kingpin of syndicates.
Speaking to our reporter, leader of the gang, Ebuka revealed that he met one of the conmen, popularly known as Blade, through his cousin in the village.
“I met Blade through one of my cousins in the village. We exchanged telephone numbers. A week after we met, Blade called asking if I have a Zenith bank account and I said yes. Two days later he called again to say that he has a transaction to make that involves a Zenith bank account holder. He promised that he would get 20 percent of whatever amount that is paid into my account. Few days later, he paid N2 million into my account.
“Blade met me and we went to the bank where I withdrew the sum of N500, 000 cash from the counter. Blade gave me N100, 000. He demanded that I should give him my ATM card, password and Token. I later discovered that N1 million was withdrawn from my account two days later. I gave back the N100, 000 to Blade because I felt he had renege on his earlier promise of 20 percent,” he said.
However, another suspect, Nwokorie, alleged that he met another member of the gang, Nat, through a fellow student.
“It was through my discussion with Nat that I got to know that Blade is a middle-man between myself and the gang. After my discussions with Nat I quickly informed my bank to put on hold any transaction made through my ATM or token,” he noted.
Nwokorie said he was also promised 20 percent on any transaction made using his account details.
“They paid N950, 000 into my account. They withdrew the entire amount because they had my ATM and password,” he lamented.
Confirming the arrest of the students, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in charge of PSFU, Lawal Audu, said that the suspects collected over N8.5 million from their victim.
He disclosed that the unit received a petition from the management of Golden Chance Loto, about a fraudulent withdrawal of the said sum from the company’s account.
He noted that following the petition, the Commissioner of Police in charge of PSFU detailed some detectives to go after the perpetrators of the crime.
“During the cause of investigation, it was discovered that the amount which was fraudulently withdrawn from the company’s account was paid into the account of the suspects.
“The detectives trailed the suspects to their hideouts in Anambra state from where they were all arrested. The investigation also revealed the leaders of the gang- Nat, and Blade who were the masterminds of the fraud.
The two ring leaders are currently at large.