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RSS arrested 19-year-old Yabatech student as blackmailer of Salawa Abeni's n.u.d.e pictures


The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Lagos state Police command have arrested a 19-year-old National Diploma holder of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos for plotting the blackmail Nigerian singer, Salawa Abeni with nude photos.

The suspect, identified as Olufowoke Oladunjoye Emmanuel, said to be a resident of Ogun State, was picked up by the Decoy Team on 28th May, after three days of monitoring him.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu was said to have in April 2020, directed the Commander, Rapid Response Squad, DCP Olatunji Disu to fish out the blackmailer.


After technical diagnosis of the complaint, the Decoy Team narrowed down on the suspect few days later.

Sources close to the team disclosed that the suspect couldn’t be picked because of the prevalence of Covid 19.

In his statement to the police, the suspect allegedly confessed to the crime, saying he wanted to extort money from the artiste.

The Electrical Engineering graduate of Yabatech, disclosed that he saw the nude pictures in a memory card which he picked up on the floor in Yabatech sometime in November 2019.

He added that after downloading the nude photographs on his phone, he picked up her (Abeni) mobile number from her Instagram page.

"On 1st of April, 2020, I chatted her up and also called her after sending few of the photos to her online.

"My intention was to negotiate with her for few bucks and for me to destroy the photographs".


I thought everything was going on fine until the following day when I heard the news of the blackmail over the radio. I was with my mother. She was even cursing the blackmailer unknown to her that I was the brain behind it.

I immediately sneaked out, destroyed the memory card and threw my mobile phone and SIM card into nearby wetland in Magboro. Since then, I never mentioned it to anyone and called Madam Salawa Abeni about it again”, he disclosed.

The Lagos CP, Hakeem Odumosu said no individual would be allowed to commit a crime in Lagos from any State or escape to other States in Nigeria to evade arrest.

He advised parents to monitor their children, emphasising that the Internet was a fertile ground for opportunities but the command would not allow criminals to use it to exploit law-abiding residents.

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