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Blackmail Blogger arrested for attempting to defraud businessman

A blogger based in Lagos has been arrested by the State Police Command for allegedly blackmailing a billionaire businessman.

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The suspect, Babatunde Oyedepo play

The suspect, Babatunde Oyedepo

(The Nation)

A popular Lagos State-based blogger, Babatunde Oyedepo, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to defraud billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola.

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The Nation reports that Oyedepo who is the owner of Naijagistlive was arrested operatives of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the State Police Command for allegedly sending threats and blackmail messages to Otedola and other high profile Nigerians through his website, demanding huge sums of money.

According to the reports, the 23-year-old Oyedepo was alleged to have posted superimposed nude pictures of a lawyer on his website, alleging that she had been sleeping with her boss and other clients.

The police added in its report that Oyedepo made a demand of N3.5 million from the lawyer to remove the inappropriate picture from the site, which the victim could not afford.

A police officer who is part of the SFU, narrated the circumstances leading to the arrest of Oyedepo:

“The victim had allegedly told the suspect that she has no such money in her account and that the picture posted on the website had cost her job, her marriage and her social life.

The lawyer is among the three different persons who petitioned the suspect,” the officer said.

Also, the spokesman for SFU, Lawal Audu, said the suspect has three different cases pending before the unit, adding that the first two involved fraud and a threat to life.

According to Audu, on October 19, 2016, one Dapo Balogun reported a case of extortion, blackmail and a 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 sum of money.

The complainant also claimed to have received a mail from the suspect, informing him that he should pay an undisclosed amount running into millions to enable him to remove the provocative story from the site.

He alleged that since then, he had been receiving threat messages from unknown callers demanding huge sum or risk being kidnapped.

The second complainant is Femi Otedola. He claimed that the suspect posted an annoying story on the same website accusing him of sleeping with different girls in his office. The suspect has another fraud case pending at the Federal High court.”

However, Oyedepo, who claims to be a website designer, has denied all the allegations leveled against him, saying he was being framed by the owners of the website which he designed.

“I design websites for people and after designing the site, I will include my contacts on the website to attract other customers. I was arrested through my contact on naijagistlive.com."

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But the police have insisted that he would be charged to court as soon as an investigation into the matter is concluded.

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