Michael Atanda, 35, has been arrested for extorting money from four ladies with threat to expose their nude pictures on the social media. Atanda, a computer science National Diploma holder of a popular computer school based in Ikeja, was arrested on Thursday.
Atanda, an ex – convict and father of three, had collected N121,000 from his four girlfriends with the threat. The suspect who bears Segun Bayo on facebook and a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile – Ife, reportedly said he usually adds several ladies on Facebook and after two weeks, he would start chatting with them.
“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 conve
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. I was jailed last year in a similar circumstance after fraudulently collected N700, 000 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 from Funmilola, Motunrayo, N6,000, Joy, N5,000 and Lizzy, N100,000,” he said.
Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Suprintendent Dolapo Badmos, said that the Police were carrying out a thorough investigation on the case to aid prosecution.