Nigeria: Two men have been arrested in Nigeria for their involvement in a tragic case of “sextortion”

Nigeria: Two men have been arrested in Nigeria for their involvement in a tragic case of “sextortion”

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

Two men have been arrested in Nigeria for their involvement in a tragic case of “sextortion” that led to the death of an Australian teenager. Australian police have confirmed that the boy took his own life after being threatened by the suspects in the online scam.

According to detectives, the two men had been conversing with the teenager online and demanded a payment of Aus$500 (US$330) to prevent them from releasing compromising photos of the boy. This type of crime, known as sextortion, is a rising form of cybercrime where scammers, often posing as love interests online, manipulate unsuspecting victims into sending them explicit images. They then use these images as leverage to extort money from the victims.

Working in collaboration with authorities in South Africa and Nigeria, Australian police were able to track down the two suspects to a slum in Nigeria. Under Nigerian law, local authorities have the power to prosecute offenders for crimes committed against Australians.

The Australian Federal Police commander, Helen Schneider, emphasized that sextortion is a borderless crime, and this arrest serves as evidence of that. It highlights the need for international cooperation in combating this form of cybercrime and protecting vulnerable individuals, especially children, from falling victim to such scams.

In conclusion, the arrest of two men in Nigeria in connection with the “sextortion” and subsequent death of an Australian teenager underscores the urgency of addressing cybercrimes like sextortion and the need for international collaboration to bring the perpetrators to justice. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of raising awareness about online safety and ensuring the protection of individuals, particularly young people, in the digital world.

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