The police have arrested a 35-year-old man for extorting money from four of his girlfriends on the pretext of leaking their nude pictures.
According to the police the accused Michael Atanda, a National Diploma holder in computer science from a popular computer school based in Ikeja, was arrested on Thursday by the surveillance Team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State Police Command after five days of being on his trail.
Atanda, a father-of-three uses a fake name, Segun Bayo, on his Facebook handle and claims to be a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. His modus operandi is to add several ladies on Facebook and after two weeks, he would start chatting with them.
The suspect while confessing to extortion in a statement released by the police said, “The profile picture on my facebook account is that of a guy based in London, and so as part of my introductions to ladies, I tell them that, I am a Construction Engineer as well as that my parents and I are living in Europe.
“After sometime, I would lure them into sexual conversations during which, I persuaded them to send their nude pictures to me. They would send and I would send mine to them too.
“Before that I would pretend that I was seeking 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 would again feign my seriousness by calling them with the aid of computer software that transforms my Nigerian line into an international line. Meanwhile, I would warn them that I was calling through a public phone booth.
“As soon as they have sent their nude pictures, I would come up with all manners of stories. And begin to extort and blackmail them. Through this means, I have collected over N121, 000:00 from my latest victims.
“I was jailed last year in a similar circumstance after fraudulently collected N700, 000:00 from a lady I met through a dating site. I was eventually bailed but the case is still pending in the court” he confessed.
“I have collected only 10,000:00 from Funmilola, Motunrayo, N6,000, Joy, N5,000 and Lizzy, N100,000:00.”