Police Arraign Man For Extortion

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The police at Ajah division, Ajah, Eti Osa, Lagos, southwest Nigeria have arraigned a man, Samuel Nnamdi Lazarus, 28, before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court for allegedly sending text messages threatening a woman to pay him N6m or face death.

In the two-count charge of misdemeanor to wit, threatening violence to extort money from his victim, the police stated that the accused was arrested following a complaint by Juliet Aigboinwon.

She alleged that the accused on 16 October, 2012 at Ogidan estate, Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos, sent text messages to her threatening to kill her if she refused to pay N6m.

The accused, she alleged, stated that someone had already paid him N2m to terminate her life and that if she failed to pay the money, he would kill her.

Acting on the report, the police advised the victim to play along with the accused.

The accused was arrested when he went to collect money from the complainant at an agreed spot. Unknown to him, policemen had mounted surveillance within the agreed spot.

During interrogation, he allegedly confessed to the crime, saying he decided to threaten the victim to pay him ransom for refusing to marry him.

“I approached the victim to be my lover. I was ready to marry her, but she bluntly refused my offer.

“I felt so bitter about her action and I decided to teach her a lesson by sending text messages threatening her to pay me N6m or else I will kill her, but I didn’t mean it. I  want to collect money from her for hurting me,” he stated.

The victim described the claims of the accused as fabrications, describing him as an extortionist.

The offences, Sergeant Babatope Julius stated, contravened sections 230 and 300 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the magistrate, Mrs. Aigbokhaebo admitted him on bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, she directed, must show proof of tax payment to the Lagos State government.

The accused was remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons when he could not perfect the bail conditions.

She adjourned the matter till 16 November, 2012 for mention.

—Paul Iyogojie