This is largely for you, women.Have you been invited via social network for contracts or for job interviews?
Then, you have to be careful because you could be a victim of fraudsters who use such means to blackmail women.
This admonition is coming on the heels of the arrest of a 32-year-old man who allegedly impersonates prominent Nigerians on facebook, using the medium as adverts for business transactions.
So far , he has allegedly succeeded in using eminent personalities like: Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwa, business mogul Mike Adenuga, and Ghanaian actor Van Vicker among others, to woo his unsuspecting victims.
His targets , are reportedly females; both married and single.
His modus oparandi as gathered, included opening email addresses and facebook accounts where he allegedly impersonates these big shots, calling for bidders for contracts. Sometimes, he would reportedly place adverts for models ,where the unsuspecting job seekers usually fill in their profiles.
Saturday Vanguard learnt that thereafter, the suspect identified as Iweka Nnamdi, would invite only the females applicants to a hotel where the purported interview would hold. There, he would pose as personal assistant to the prominent Nigerian that has a job. He would then allegedly demand for sex in order for him to facilitate the contract.
Some of the females most of whom were said to be married, fell to his trap. And unknown to them, the suspect would place a camp coder in a section of the room where he records the video of his suspects nudity or sexual action.
He would thereafter, use the nude video to blackmail his victims threatening to paste it in the internet if they failed to part with the requested amount of money.
Luck ran out on the Enugu –state born suspect after he pasted one of his female victims nude on the internet over her refusal to pay him N20,000.
Said Police sources in Area ‘J’ Ajah : ” 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”, police sources said.
The suspect who claimed to be a graduate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, has been charged to court on an eight- count charge ranging from 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.
The case was called for mentioning at the District Court 6, Tinubu, Lagos , on April 28, 2014 where Iweka pleaded not guilty. He was however granted bail with a fine of N200,000 and two sureties in like sum. As at the time of leaving the court, it could not be ascertained whether he was able to meet the bail condition. The case was adjourned to May 26, 2014.
Culled from Vanguard