YABATECH graduate arrested over Salawa Abeni’s nude pictures
Operatives of Rapid Response Squad, RRS has arrested one Olufowoke Emmanuel who threatened to post nude pictures of the veteran Nigerian singer, Queen Salawa Abeni, on social media. The 19 year old suspect, a National Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering of the Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, after his arrest at Brentfield Avenue, Peace Estate, Magboro, Ogun State, by the Decoy Team of RRS last Thursday, said he wanted to make money out of her. Abeni had announced on her Instagram page on April 1, 2020, how she received a text message from the suspect threatening to post her nude pictures on social media. Her message then read, “I am very disappointed that someone somewhere will try to tarnish my image and threaten to destroy my career of over 45 years. This morning i received messages from somebody threatening to expose very old pictures of me and in the process, blackmailing me for money”. In his confession, the suspect admitted to having sent Abeni the text message with the intention of making some money. He said, “I saw the nude pictures in a memory card which i picked up on the floor in YABATECH sometime in November 2019. After downloading the nude photos on my phone, i picked up her mobile number from her Instagram page. On April 1, 2020, i chatted her up and also called her after sending a few of the photos to her online. I intended to negotiate with her for a few bucks and 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 who 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 in a nearly wetland in Magboro. Since then, i never mentioned it to anyone nor called Madam Salawa Abeni about it again”.