A 19-year student of Yaba College of Technology Lagos has been arrested for being allegedly blackmailing Waka Queen Salawa Abeni with her nude pictures.
The suspect however said he found the nude pictures in a memory card on the school’s floor.
Oladunjoye Emmanuel Olufowoke was arrested last Thursday by the decoy team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
Olufowoke, who lives at Brentfield Avenue, Peace Estate, Magboro, Ogun State, told RRS he saw the nude pictures in a memory card which he picked up on the floor in Yabatech sometime in November 2019.
The 2017/2018 Electrical Engineering student was picked up after three days of monitoring him.
RRS said the Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu had in the wake of the attempt by an unknown individual to blackmail Alhaja Salawa Abeni sometime in April 2020, directed its Commander, DCP Olatunji Disu to fish out the suspect.
“After the technical diagnosis of the complaint, the Decoy Team narrowed down on the suspect a few days later, ” the police said.
The suspect couldn’t be picked because of the COVID- 19 pandemics.
The suspect, in his statement to the police, confessed to having been the mastermind of the ploy to publish some nude pictures of the Waka Queen in exchange for money, adding that he was alone in the scheme.
He added that after downloading the nude photographs of Abeni on his phone, he picked up her mobile number from her Instagram page.
RRS quoted Olufowoke as saying: “On 1st of April, 2020, I chatted her up and also called her after sending a few of the photos to her online.
“My intention was to negotiate with her for a few bucks and for me to destroy the photographs.
“I thought everything was going on fine until the following day when I heard the news of the blackmail over the radio. I was with my mother. She was even cursing the blackmailer unknown to her that I was the brain behind it.
“I immediately sneaked out, destroyed the memory card, and threw my mobile phone and SIM card into a nearby wetland in Magboro. Since then, I never mentioned it to anyone and called Madam Salawa Abeni about it again.”
Odumosu said no individual would be allowed to commit a crime in Lagos from any state or escape to other states to evade arrest.
He urged guardians to monitor their wards, emphasizing that the internet is a fertile ground for opportunities but the police would not allow criminals to use it as a venue to exploit law-abiding Nigerians.