– An Osun state lawmaker, Timothy Owoeye, informs the police about some suspected fraudsters who have been blackmailing him
– The police say it has so far recovered the N10 million from the amount paid to the syndicate by the lawmaker
– The APC calls on Nigerians to continue to challenge corruption and its related vices, and not to allow politicians who institutionalised it to take over governance again
The Osun state police command has said Timothy Owoeye, an Osun state lawmaker reportedly seen on a viral video depicting him as bathing in the market square for ritual purposes was a victim of blackmail.
The Osun state commissioner of police, Adeoye Fimihan, told Premium Times on Sunday, September 16, that the lawmaker representing Ilesa west for the All Progressives Congress (APC), was duped by some persons who specialise in blackmail racket.
“The fellow is a victim of some fraudsters who duped him of some amount of money. They tricked him to that place and did that to blackmail him so that he will not be able to lodge complaint in the public,” the police boss said.
The newspaper reported that Owoeye’s ordeal began about six months ago when he agreed to have a midnight bath in a market as recommended by herbalists he had been consulting for traditional prayers
The location of the said market chosen for the ritual bath was rumoured to be located in Osun Jela, between Osogbo, the state capital, and Ijesa.
It was reported that as the lawmaker undressed himself and started having his bath, some persons – whom the police suspect had been in hiding in the dark – emerged from the nearby bush, turned on lights and focused cameras on the lawmaker.
Sources close to Owoeye said the fraudsters who had been parading themselves to the lawmaker as herbalists had arraigned with the group that caught the lawmaker while he was about to bath in the market.
NAIJ.com learnt that the fraudsters then threatened to make the video public if the lawmaker failed to heed their demands for cash. The lawmaker was said to have paid the fraudsters to hush the scandal, but such payments became regular.
After the lawmaker ran out of cash, he reportedly wanted to sell a filling station he owned to keep prevent the fraudsters from circulating the video.
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It was reported that when Mr Owoeye was trying to raise money by selling his filling station that an associate advised him to disclosed what his crisis was about. He was then asked to take the matter to the governor and subsequently to the police.
“We are happy that he summoned the courage to complain and the police succeeded in arresting some of those fellows and they were charged to court. Whatever is being circulated is just a way of ensuring that he will not be able to complain,” the Osun state commissioner said.
The commissioner said the police had so far recovered the N10 million from the amount paid to the syndicate by the lawmaker. He said the video was leaked by other members of the syndicate who were yet to be arrested.
Meanwhile, in another report, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alerted Nigerians to what it described as a plot by some politicians to buy votes and engage in other illegal means to subvert the people’s will during coming elections.
Yekini Nabena, the APC acting national publicity secretary, gave the charge in a statement on Sunday, September 16, in Abuja, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The party’s spokesperson charged Nigerians to continue to challenge corruption and its related vices, and not to allow politicians who institutionalised it to take over governance again.
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