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Notorious blackmailer nabbed over plot to discredit popular resort

Joy Anyim

An alleged notorious internet blackmailer and armed robbery suspect, Abdusalami Wasiu, has been apprehended by the police in Lagos State.

Wasiu (alias Spartacus) was arrested following a recent trending video of an insane woman found in a dirty water channel, which he manipulated to indicate that the incident happened at New Planet Resorts premises.

The suspect was alleged to have plotted, recorded and posted the fake videos to discredit the popular resort, located on Aka Road, Ajangbadi, Ojo, Lagos State.

Our correspondent gathered that, the manhunt for Wasiu, which lasted about two weeks, ended April 27th, 2019, when credible information was said to have been received by operatives from Ilemba Hausa Police Division, that the suspect was sighted at a black spot in Ojo.

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The DPO of the station, SP kazeem Abonde, was said to have promptly dispatched armed police men, who swooped on his hide out and burst him.

Making confessional statement, Wasiu owned up to the crime, saying it was the devil’s handiwork.

The Oyo State-born suspect said he wanted to use the videos to rubbish the image of the Resort because the management had earlier not allowed him run an illegal toll collection point in front of the Resort’s main entrance.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect had being arrested by SARS operatives in 2018, for armed robbery and possession of firearms.

He was then prosecuted, jailed same year but released from prison on certain circumstances.

It would be recalled that in an earlier reaction in an interview with our correspondent, the New planet Resorts management denied the entire content of the false video clips, warning perpetrators to desist from such false hood and campaign of calumny.

However, police source said the suspect would be charged to court soon.