9jagistlive.com’s boss, Babatunde Oyebode has allegedly confessed to swindling and extorting high profile Nigerians via blackmail, LIB reports.
The suspected fraudster was picked by men of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in Lagos, on Monday following various petitions from some of his victims for demanding exorbitant sums of money in order to pull down negative articles and comments about them as well as resorting to threats and blackmail.
Oyebade who is based outside Nigeria and mainly responsible for the upgrade of the site, runs the blog in partnership with another lady. He allegedly made a video of confession to the police where he admitted to putting up scandalous posts and extorting money and other favours by blackmailing his victims. The payments were usually made via Paypal.
A third attempt to extort money from a Lagos businessman was his undoing as he was arrested whilst trying to pick up the money paid into his Nigerian bank account. He had previously received payments running into thousands of dollars from the said man but was not quite done and continued to demand more, resorting to threatening the victim that he would put up more scandalous stories on his blog if he didn’t cough out cash.
According to LIB, email correspondence between the suspect and his accomplices revealed conversations about receiving various payments made by victims to take down posts and comments as well as price plans for any removal. Damning voice notes were also found on his phone.
Oyebade’s girlfriend is said to be in on the whole arrangement and has been in touch with the other culprits via his Instagram account since his arrest on Monday.
In some of the chats the investigators came across, she revealed she just found out about her boyfriend’s arrest and was on the look out for the way forward. The police is currently on her trail, seeking her arrest too.