A 35-year-old ex-convict,
Th serial fraudster, according to Punch, was arrested after one of his victims identified as Lizzy, reported to the police that he was extorting money from her while threatening to expose her naked photos on the social media.
Upon his arrest, the police discovered that Atanda had earlier been sentenced to prison in 2015 for defrauding a woman of N700,000, using the same tactics.
The police reports that in the recent case, Atanda, an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) holder in Computer Science, allegedly blackmailed his four new victims after he had collected N121,000 from them.
In his statement to the police, the suspect who said he had been impersonating as Segun Bayo on Facebook, added that his strategy was to add several ladies on Facebook and after two weeks, start chatting with them.
“The picture on my Facebook account showed a young man, who was based in London. As part of my introduction to ladies, I told them I was a construction engineer and that my parents lived in Europe.
After some time, I would lure them into sexual conversations during which I persuaded them to send their nude pictures to me. They usually sent the pictures.
I usually pretended that I was interested in 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 also had some computer software that transformed my Nigerian telephone line into an international line.
As soon as they had sent their nude pictures, I would come up with all manners of stories and I would begin to blackmail them.
As soon as they sent their nude pictures, I blackmail them. I have collected N121,000 from my latest victims.
I collected N10,000 from the first woman, ; from , I collected N6,000, N5,000 from and N100,000 from Lizzy.
It is true that I was jailed last year after fraudulently collecting N700,000 from a lady I met through a dating site. The case is still pending in court.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, has confirmed the arrest of the suspect, saying that he has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation and would be charged to court soon.