Police Parade Gistlover Writers Over Blackmail, Cyberstalking

The Nigerian Police on Friday paraded staff of popular blog Gistlover at the Force Headquarters Abuja.

Force PRO, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, while parading the bloggers said they had been put under surveillance for about six months. According to him, the investigation leading to their arrest was thoroughly done, following several petitions written to the police against Gistlover.

He said: “In an onward fight against the menace of cyberstalking, threat to life and blackmailing schemes operating in the guise of micro blogging pages, and contending with the online safety of many, the Nigeria police Force National Cybercrime center, acting on a petition at the instance of Hon and Doctor Mrs Seye Oladejo have arrested three in connection with a case of Conspiracy, Cyberstalking, and threat to life.

“The suspects namely Adebukola Kolapo Nnedum Micheal Somtomchukwu and Isaac Akpokighe, all male of ages 27, 25 and 30 respectively are members of a syndicate called Gistlover family, responsible for the daily running of the Gistlover blog, a microblogging platform known for Cyberstalking, incitement, blackmail, and sundry, which has over the years been a course for public outcry”.

Adejobi said upon interrogation each of the three men agreed to having a connection to the blog.

He said: “Upon arrest the suspects revealed their various degrees of involvement in the conspiracy, corroborating the already available overwhelming evidences. The first suspect Adebukola Kolapo a.k.a Omo oba Gistlover was responsible for the creation of over 80 percent of the Gistlover pages thereby lending his digital footprint for the perpetration of the aforementioned criminal act. Being on the pay roll of the said platform and having enjoyed incentives like car gifts and monies, Adebukola was saddled with the responsibility of scouting, editing and captioning contents including the cyber stalking post made against the complainant, Hon. and Dr. Mrs Oluseyi Oladejo.

” Adebukola has also contributed in laundering monies gotten from the illegal scheme through various means. Digital Forensic analysis led to the recovery of eight (😎 gist lover pages created on the instruction of the head of the syndicate by Adebukola, and wallet addresses used in laundering these monies”.

Continuing the Nigerian Police Force spokesman said: “The Second suspect, One Nnedum Somtochukwu also shared in the conspiracy wherein at every point the page was taken down for certain infractions and violation of policies at the instance of reports from Law Enforcement Agencies, the suspect using his platform will by all means redirect traffic to the new page, helping the blog to evade sanctions.

“Enjoying incentives like referrals for promotions from the head of the syndicate, Nnedum has also been found sharing contents, feed backs, and making defamatory remarks with the said head of the syndicate.

“The Third suspect, Isaac Akpokighe a 30 years old male resident of Igando Lagos State unlike the duo above, is like hundreds of Nigerians whom having observed the lucrative nature of the Blackmailing, cyber stalking and false information market, decides to imitate the Gistlover blog. By so doing, he created several of such pages and mirrors the activities of the blog including reposting the defamatory and life-threatening post against the complainant and many other notable Nigerians. Digital forensics led to the recovery of four gistlover pages created by Isaac Apkokogho”.

Adejobi said the suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

The Nigerian Police spokesman warned young people to avoid partnerships that promote the illegal activities of this blog and others engaging in similar activities.

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