The police in Anambra State have arrested a four-man suspected syndicate who specialised in sex blackmail and extortion of money from their victims.
DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, spokesperson for the state police command, disclosed this in a statement issued to journalists Thursday in Awka.
Ikenga said the gang specialised in taking nude pictures of victims and threaten to post them online unless they paid money.
He said the suspects were two males and two females: Okechukwu Ogoejiofor, 36, Nonso Nwizu, 34, Esther Nwafor lfeanyichukwu, 21 and Obianuju Nduba, 20.
The suspects were arrested at Ajakpani village, Umunya in Oyi Local Government Area for alleged conspiracy, demanding with menaces and stealing, he added.
Ikenga said the suspects used social media to lure their unsuspecting male victims into fake love or friendship and thereafter take them to a room where they engaged them in foreplay. Then the other members of the gang would force themselves into the room.
“They took nude pictures and videos of the victims, which they use to force the victims into transferring huge sums of money to them,” he said.
“They usually threaten to publish the nude pictures and videos on social media if the victims fail to comply and also dispossess the individual of his personal belongings.”
The police said the case would be charged to court once investigations were completed.