Babatunde Oyebode, who is suspected to be the owner of Naija Gist Live has been arrested for blackmailing and scamming Nigerians.
The site is also notorious for exposing alleged runs girls (high-class prostitutes) in the country.
Baudex was arrested on Monday, October 24, 2016. It was reported that last week he posted a story about Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola, his wife Nana and their son. According to the report, he extorted thousands of dollars from the rich couple in order to take down the post.
When caught by the police, he claimed that he built the website for an anonymous owner and has nothing to do with its content.
You can read a part of the report below;
"Email correspondence between him and his accomplice revealed that he was mainly responsible for upgrades on the site, to prevent it from being shut down by hackers. They conversed with one another about extorting their victims, revealing that Paypal and other means are used to receive whatever amount of cash they demand.
"They also had conversations about receiving various payments, which victim had paid or not, and price plans for any removal. Huge sums of money have been paid by Nigerians to take down comments!
A particular conversation was highlighted, in which Oyebode and his accomplice spoke about one of the female victims, describing her in unpleasant terms and agreeing to put up a post about her. Incriminating voice notes were also found on his phone.
"Also, Oyebode’s girlfriend was in contact with his partner in crime through his account on Instagram after his arrest. Investigators initially had access to the account where chats between Oyebode’s girlfriend and 9jagistlive were found, in which she revealed she just found out he had been arrested and wanted to know the next step. Suspecting that something was amiss, the password was quickly changed but the damage had already been done. The police are now out to arrest his girlfriend."
The website is still up and there are several 'expository' stories on it. The most recent story on the site was on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Babatunde Oyebode's Twitter account has over 600,000 followers, and he hasn't tweeted since October, 12, 2016.