Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested a Lagos church protocol, Victor Duru for blackmailing female worshippers with their nude photos.
Duru, 23 is said to lure female worshippers to hotels, took their nude pictures and blackmail them to extort money from them, The Nation reports.
The suspect was arrested on Thursday when on of his victims who has blackmailed after taking her nude photos at gunpoint reported him to RRS.
In his statement to the police, Duru reportedly said that, “She was my girlfriend. We attend the same church. We have been dating for almost two years. We were having breakup issues, so I invited her to a hotel in Ijeshatedo.
“I excused myself and invited my friend, Frank Obinna, to meet me in the hotel. Obinna and I had this planned.
“The gun was a toy gun. He entered the hotel room and held the lady at gunpoint. I told her to cooperate. I took off her clothes for Obinna to take her pictures. We took seven different shots of her with my phone. I discharged her that day. This was in September.
“By early October, I called her to give me N80,000 or I would throw the nude photographs online. She was only able to offer me N10,000, which she transferred into my brother’s account.
“Last week, Obinna called her again and requested for N40,000. She promised to send something. She was a wonderful girl. She used to assist me financially before the problem started,” he told police.
The victim who reported Duru to the RRS commander Olatunji Disu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), said Obinna “brought out his phone and I asked my boyfriend what was going on. He slapped me telling me to remove the blanket covering my body. I refused. He dragged it out of my body and said I should cooperate. I refused again. He asked his friend for the gun threatening that if I don’t cooperate, they’ll shoot me.
“His friend took several naked pictures of me. Both of them abandoned me in the hotel room afterwards. I asked him almost a week after what he wanted to do with my photos and he told me that it was the beginning.
“The following Saturday, he threatened to put the photos online unless I paid N80,000 in order to delete them. I paid N10,000 with a promise to pay the balance afterwards.
“After a week, his friend called me with another option for me to pay him N40,000 and a night with him. I refused. He threatened that I would hear from them very soon.”