A 32-year-old man has been arrested by the Lagos Police command for allegedly blackmailing and extorting money form female victims.
Iweka Nnamdi who claims to be a graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University used multiple Facebook profiles where he impersonates celebrities and notable persons in the society to deceive his victims.
Nnamdi has impersonated the Secretary to the State Government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, businessman Michael Adenuga, and actor Van Vicker.
According to reports, Nnamdi uses these fake profiles to announce contract advertisement as well as job vacancies to his followers and then invite only the female applicants for a supposed interview at a hotel location where he would pose as the personal assistant to the prominent Nigerian who owns the job or contract.
In the course of the supposed interview, Nnamdi would demand for sex from his victims and record the entire sexual act and nudity in a hidden camera.
Nnamdi will later use these footage to blackmail his victims, threatening to upload the videos on the internet, in order to get money from them.
Nnamdi was busted when he posted nude photos of one of his victims, a lady from Enugu state, who refused to give him N20, 000 he demanded from her.
He was later arrested and has been charged to court.
A policeman from Area J in Ajah, Lagos explained how Nnamdi was caught:
“The suspect met a female banker (names withheld) on Facebook where he posed as one of the big shots in Nigeria. After chatting with her for sometime, he invited her to a hotel in Ajah on March 14, 2014, where he slept with her .
Unknown to the lady, a camp coder was placed in a corner of the hotel room, where all that transpired was recorded. He later abandoned the lady while she was sleeping. Next day, the lady called him on the phone, saying she was no longer interested in the relationship. But Iweka would not agree.
“Rather, he sent her his GTB account details asking her to pay in some money which she refused. But to her chagrin, Iweka posted her nude picture on internet , on April 15, 2014, which prompted her to report the case to the Police.
“We used the lady as a bait to get him by asking her to call him on the phone and book for an appointment with him in a hotel at Ikota in order to settle the case. And when he came we apprehended him. During investigation, we discovered he is not in any way related to any of these persons he claimed to represent.
“When we conducted a search in an apartment at Road 34, Ikota villa estate in Ajah, where he squats with his elder sister’s husband, we found the laptop he uses for these atrocities. Stored in, were video of several women in their nude, including that of the banker. We also found black berry phones with same pictures stored in.
“During interrogation, he said he only used such means to get beautiful ladies and also make some money. His victims included bankers, students in the different universities and married women. For the married women, he tells them to bid for contracts. From our acount, he has destroyed about fourteen marriages, by posting pictures of the women who turned down his blackmail, on the internet”
Nnamdi has been charged to court on an eight-count charge including impersonation, publication of provocative pictures, threat to life, conduct likely to cause the breach of peace, obtaining under false pretense and threat with intent to extort.
On April 28, 2014, the first hearing, he pleaded not guilty. He was granted bail of N200,000 with two sureties.
The case comes up for hearing on May 26, 2014.