Nigeria Blogger Arrested For Trying to Get Ransom For Exposes On His Site

Babatunde Oyedepo owner of naijagistlive
Physinews: Operatives of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in
Lagos Nigeria have arrested a suspected fraudster,
Babatunde Oyedepo, popularly known as
Baudex on IG, for allegedly attempting to
swindle businessman Femi Otedola.


The Nation reports that Oyedepo, 23, was
alleged to have sent threat and blackmail
messages to the complainants and other high
profile Nigerians through a website,
naijagistlive.com, demanding huge sums of
money.

Oyedepo, a resident of Sixth Avenue in 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.

According to
the police, the suspect demanded N3.5million
from the lawyer to remove the inappropriate
picture from the site, which the victim could not
afford.

A police officer who spoke on condition of
anonymity 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 the suspect.”
Spokesman for SFU, Lawal Audu said the
suspect has three different cases pending
before the unit, adding that the first two
involved fraud and threat to life.

According to Audu, on October 19th, one Dapo
Balogun reported a case of extortion, black mail
and threat to life against the suspect.

“The complainant claimed that the suspect had
posted on naijagistlife a story alleging that he
had worked with former Petroleum Minister,
Deziani Allison-Maduekwe and that throughout
the period he had fraudulently acquired huge
sum of money. The complainant also claimed
to have received a mail from the suspect,
informing him that he should pay an
undisclosed amount running into millions to
enable him remove the provocative story from
the site.

He alleged that since then he had been
receiving threat messages from unknown
callers demanding huge sum or risk being being
kidnapped. The second complainant is Femi
Otedola. He claimed that the suspect posted an
annoying story on the same website accusing
him of sleeping with different girls in his office.

The suspect has another fraud case pending at
the Federal High court.”

The suspect however denied being responsible
for the actions, insisting that he was framed by
the owners of the website which he only
designed. The school dropout who claimed to
be a website designer, said that he was
contacted through email to design the website.

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.