Not The Onion: Two Instagram Thots Are Being Detained For Allegedly Trying To Scam A Nigerian Billionaire
Typically, when you hear ‘online scammer’ and ‘Nigeria’ in the same article it’s in reference to one of the oldest scams on the Internet, the Nigerian Prince in need of a loan to get his money back. This scam promises endless wealth if you just help this Prince recover some massive sum of money that’s been locked up for whatever reason, and this scam is usually accompanied by an official letterhead of some sort.
Well, that’s not what we’re talking about at all today. Instead, we’re looking at two Canadian sisters with large followings on Instagram who are being held and facing charges of cyberbullying and extortion in Nigeria, their target being a Nigerian billionaire (yes, they really exist). Before we get to the story, here’s a quick look at what these two sisters look like (via Instagram):
Two sisters from Toronto with a substantial Instagram following have been detained in Lagos, Nigeria, reportedly to face allegations that they tried to extort and cyber-bully a Nigerian billionaire.
According to the news site Politics Nigeria, sisters Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo are accused of trying to blackmail the billionaire by claiming they had evidence of businessman Femi Otedola cheating on his wife that they would post on a notorious sex-scandal website. Forbes magazine’s list of 2016 billionaires says Otedola made his money in the energy sector; it estimates his net worth at $1.8 billion.
Following a private investigation, the sisters were arrested, the publication said.
According to a court document dated Dec. 20 and posted to Nigeria Politics, the sisters stand accused of being “responsible” for the website NaijaGistLive and several other social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter used for “cyberbullying” around 274 people, “mostly based in various regions of Africa.”
Let’s take another peek at these sisters facing charges in Nigeria, shall we?
If these allegations are legitimate, what did these Instagram model thots think they were going to accomplish? Did they think that just because they’ve got huge followings on social media that they’d be able to cyber bully one of the wealthiest men on the planet? When did people stop realizing that money trumps everything, and He who has the coin, makes the rules. Attempting to extort a man with endless financial resources might be the worst idea I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard/read about some pretty shitty ideas in my days here on the Internet.
I’m all about ‘innocent until proven guilty’, so if these allegations against the sisters turn out to be false then I hope they’re able to see financial restitution from the billionaire. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see if justice is served.
For more on this story you can head on over to Toronto’s The Star!