Operatives of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in Lagos have arrested a suspected fraudster, Babatunde Oyedepo, 23, for alleged attempt to swindle businessman Femi Otedola, The Nation reports.
Oyedepo was alleged to have sent threat and blackmail messages to the complainant and other high profile Nigerians through a website, naijagistlive.com, demanding huge sums of money.
Oyedepo, a resident of 6th Avenue, Festac Town, was alleged to have posted a superimposed nude pictures of a lawyer on his website, alleging that she had been sleeping with her boss and other clients. Oyedepo demanded N3.5m from the lawyer to remove the picture from the site, which the victim could not afford.
A source said: “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, her job, her marriage and her social life. The lawyer is among the three different persons who petitioned Oyedepo.”
Spokesman for SFU, Lawal Audu, said Oyedepo has 3 different cases pending before the unit, adding that the first two involved fraud and threat to life. According to him, on October 19, one Dapo Balogun reported a case of extortion, black mail and threat to life against the suspect.
“Balogun claimed that Oyedepo had posted on naijagistlife.com a story alleging that he had worked with Deziani Allison-Maduekwe and that throughout the period he had fraudulently acquired huge sum of money. Oyedepo later asked Balogun to pay some millions to enable him remove the provocative story from the site.
Balogun alleged that he received threat messages demanding huge sum or risk being being kidnapped. Femi Otedola also claimed that Oyedepo posted a story accusing him of sleeping with different girls in his office. Oyedepo has another fraud case pending at the Federal High court.”
But Oyedepo denied the allegations. He said: “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.”