Michael Atanda,a 35 -year- old man and also computer science National Diploma holder of a popular computer school based in Ikeja, has been arrested by the surveillance team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command after about five days of monitoring.
He was arrested in Lagos for extorting money from four ladies with threat to expose their Nood pictures on the social media .
The Police in an interview with newsmen said the accused, ex – convict and father of three, had collected N121,000:00 from his four girlfriends with the threat but wanted more money from or have their Nood pictures leaked on social media.
The suspect who bears Segun Bayo on facebook and a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile – Ife, reportedly 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 Nood 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 Nood 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, I have collected only 10,000:00 from Funmilola, Motunrayo, N6,000, Joy, N5,000 and Lizzy, N100,000:00” .
Three other suspects, who were discovered during investigations, said on phone calls they have been paying the suspect so that he doesn’t leak their Nood photographs online.
Though, investigators have reached out to more victims after checking the suspect’s facebook conversations with a number of ladies, all of them have reportedly refused to come forward, after confirming they were paying the suspect through his bank statement.
Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Suprintendent Dolapo Badmos,said the suspect has been transferred to SCID for further investigations and that the Police were carrying out a thorough investigation on the case to aid prosecution.