A female banker working with one of the new generational banks in the country, almost fainted after a con-man, whom she met on Facebook and had sex with, placed her nude pictures and video on the internet.
When the banker, Judith, in her twenties, came out of her shock, she ran to the Ajah Police Station to report the matter.
According to the police, the suspect, Iweka Chris Chigoziem Nnamdi, 32, an Nnamdi Azikiwe University graduate, was as cool as cucumber after he was arrested, smiling like he had not committed any crime.
A few days later, Judith was rushed to hospital.
A close friend said: “Our friend, who used to plump and lively, is now a shadow of herself. She has lost weight drastically. We’re worried about her.”
The police revealed that the suspect, Nnamdi, used to get his victims through the social media sites, especially Facebook, after which he would lure them to a hotel or his one room-apartment, which his brother-in-law gave him to live at the Ajah area.
He would convince them of his undying love and had sex with them, while his already planted video camera and sometimes webcam would be rolling, videoing all the actions.
The police said that though they do not know the number of victims Nnamdi has conned, they however believe the victims are many, judging by the numbers of incriminating nude pictures and videos found on his laptop.
The police said that the suspect is a professional fraudster, who also often poses as an estate agent, selling property in Lagos.
He was already onto another female victim before his arrest.
Once he has lured the victims into having sex with him and videoing it, he begins threatening to download the video on internet if they do not pay certain amount of money into his account.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, police spokesperson in Lagos State, Ngozi Braide, said that the police believed that the suspect, through this dangerous game, has destroyed many marriages.
One of his victims, simply identified as Mrs. Abubakar, refused to heed police invitation to come forward and testify, saying she was not interested in whether Nnamdi had been arrested, killed or alive.
According to Abubakar, the harm had already been done, after the suspect sent a video of her and him to her husband.
The woman, whose husband was described as a multi-millionaire, was sent packing out of her matrimonial home.
She now lives from hand to mouth.
The suspect became friends with Judith on Facebook, while pretending to be Mike Adenugu, Nigerian business tycoon, who is regarded as one of the richest men in Nigeria. Adenuga owns Globacom.
He also owns stakes in the Equatorial Trust Bank and oil exploration firm, Conoil.
Forbes estimated his net worth at $4.3 billion in 2013, making him second wealthiest Nigerian after Aliko Dangote.
Judith, who believed that the person she was dealing with was the genuine Adenuga, especially with his face on his Facebook display, fell for the silver tongued suspect.
When he eventually asked her to meet him at a hotel, she did not think twice about the invitation.
Braide said: “The case was reported to the police on April, 20, 2014. The complainant alleged that the suspect chatted with her on Facebook for months until he invited her to a hotel in Ajah, under the pretence that he was Mike Adenuga, the chairman of Globacom.”
According to Braide, the suspect modus operandi was to get the victims to a hotel, pretending to be a notable personality or celebrity.
Once the victim accepts the invitation, he would tell the lady on phone to exercise patience and wait for him, that his Personal Assistant would be at the hotel to entertain her.
The victim would be unaware that Nnamdi was the boss and PA.
Once the victim walks into the hotel, Nnamdi, posing as the PA, will placate her to wait for his boss (him) and later would try to convince her to have sex with him, if she must see his boss.
He would tell her: “To see God, you have to see Jesus.”
The hotel, which was already booked, had hidden camera, which immediately becomes activated once the suspect switches on the ceiling fan to cool his guest.
Braide explained: “When Nnamdi finally met with the victim on March, 14, 2014, he chatted with her and finally convinced the complainant to have sex with him, unknown to her that the suspect had bugged the hotel room with camera. So while they were having sex, the entire action was being filmed.
“After this affair, the suspect started sending threatening text messages to her, demanding she pay various sums of money to him, otherwise he would send the nude pictures to her friends and to her colleagues at her office.”
Judith thought Nnamdi was kidding until on April, 15, 2014, he sent her the first nude picture, just to show her that he was not making idle threats.
“He also sent a GTB bank account number, to which he asked her to pay the sum of N20,000,” said Braide.
Judith was yet to recover from the shock of seeing her nude picture, when Nnamdi went ahead to download on her Facebook timeline, the video of them making love.
About 325 of Judith’s Facebook friends watched the video.
When Judith bravely went to the police to lodge a complaint, the police started trailing the suspect.
The suspect, who was unaware that he was under surveillance, continued calling and threatening Judith.
He was not only asking for money, he was also asking for more rounds of sex.
The police asked her to play along.
She went to meet him at the hotel and it was there that police arrested him.
Braide added: “After his arrest on April, 21, 2014, in a hotel at Ajah and following interrogation, police recovered the suspect’s laptop and quite a number of sex pictures and videos of the complainant and also a host of other victims of the suspect.
“He made confessional statement to the effect that he did all that police recovered on his laptop, his BB and Techno phone. On his laptop, police discovered that he had a list of prominent Nigerians such as Mike Adenuga, Ayim Pius Anyim, Nwabara Adolphus, Van Vicker, a Ghanaian actor, Joy Nnwedu, amongst others. He had been using these images and names to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians. In fact, he has broken marriages as confirmed through our investigations.”
Braide said that Nnamdi has been charged to court on eight count charge.
The case would be coming up on May 26, 2014, at Tinubu Court 6, Lagos State.
Nnamdi on March 28, 2014, wrote on his Facebook timeline: “To the ladies, stop forcing yourself to be a man’s girl or his number two when you have someone begging to have you alone in their life! It’s better to pray for your own partner than been a side girlfriend to anyone. Good morning.”