Monday, 1 February 2016

A 26-year-old man, Caleb Nzube, who attempted
to blackmail the wife of late Chief MKO Abiola of
$5,000, was last week arrested in Anambra
State.
Nzube allegedly hacked the Twitter handle of
Mrs Tinu Abiola, downloaded her picture and
designed a web page showing the woman
carrying a human skull.
He then threatened to expose the web page to
the world if the woman does not pay $5,000.
Traumatised Mrs Abiola, it was learned,
petitioned the Inspector General, Solomon Arase,
who directed a combined team of the Inspector
General Monitoring Team and the Intelligence
Response Team to track down the suspect.
He was arrested when the operatives stormed
his hideout in Obosi.
It was gathered that Mrs Abiola was not the
suspect’s only victim, as a serving Senator and
two others were also being harassed by him on
the social media.
Speaking with Vanguard after his arrest, Caleb
Elom Nzube agreed that he is an internet
fraudster as he specialised in online dating
before venturing into blackmailing thinking it was
more lucrative.
Disclosing he spent hours on the social media
searching for prominent Nigerians, Nzube said
his targets are mainly rich politicians, popular
businessmen and socialite.
He said he goes after these set of people
because he thinks they are usually sensitive to
what is said about them in the public.
On how he got into trouble he said,
“I started following Mrs Timu Alade Abiola on
Twitter and I got her pictures. I felt she was a
good catch and I decided to blackmail her. I used
Photoshop to make it look like she was carrying
a human skull. I designed a web page with a little
gossip story on it that she was caught for ritual.
I sent her the link and when she saw it I
demanded she pays me $5000 or I will show it to
the whole world. One of her friends came in and
begged that I shouldn’t do it and that they were
ready to pay me $ 2000. I rejected the money,
insisting that I must collect the amount I
demanded.
Later they discovered I was Igbo and they gave
my number to an Igbo girl who started talking to
me and I accepted their offer, what got me angry
was that while we were still talking, they sent a
fishing link that destroyed my website which I
have been maintaining for more than four years.
That website had paid me little money I have
used in sustaining myself.
I told the Igbo girl about it and that if I don’t get
the money before the end of the week I will show
the web page to the whole world. She asked for
my account, I gave it to her but before I knew
what was happening, the police came and
arrested me. ý
I don’t understand why she has to bring in the
police; I told the girl that what I needed was for
her to tell her madam to just pay me for my
website they destroyed. In fact I regret all this, if
I had known it will be this messy I would have
not ventured into this. What I do is only dating. I
just wanted to try my luck on this one.” he
lamented.”

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