The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Michael Atanda (35) for allegedly threatening to expose the nude pictures of four unnamed ladies, should they fail to pay a ransom to him.
The suspect, an ex-convict, had already collected the sum of N121,000 but continued threatening the victims before he was reported and nabbed by police.
The father of three disguised himself on Facebook and bore a name “Segun Bayo” while reaching out to his victims.
Atanda said in his confessional statement:
“The profile picture on my Facebook account is that of a guy based in London, and so as part of my introductions to ladies, I tell them that, I am a Construction Engineer as well as that my parents and I am living Europe…. After sometime, I would lure them into sexual conversations during which, I persuaded them to send their nude pictures to me. They would send and I would send mine to them too.
“Before that I would pretended that I was seeking a serious relationship with them, and that very soon, I would be coming to Abuja on a business trip, during which I would see them…. I would again feign my seriousness by calling them with the aid of computer software that transforms my Nigerian line into an international line. Meanwhile, I would warn them that I was calling through a public phone booth.
“As soon as they have sent their nude pictures, I would come up with all manners of stories. I would begin to extort and blackmail them. Through this means, I have collected over N121, 000:00 from my latest victims.”
“I was jailed last years in a similarly circumstance after fraudulently collecting N700, 000:00 from a lady I met through a dating site. I was eventually bailed but the case is still pending in court…. I have collected only 10,000:00 from Funmilola, Motunrayo N6,000:00, Janet, N5,000:00 and Lizzy N100,000:00”