The Nigeria Police Force’s National Cybercrime Center has made a bold move by arresting three guys linked to the famous (or infamous) Gistlover blog. This blog has been all over the news for its edgy content, and now the people behind it are in the hot seat.
Meet the Trio Behind Gistlover
So, who got caught? Here’s the rundown:
- Adebukola Kolapo, 27 years old
- Nnedum Micheal Somtomchukwu, 25 years old
- Isaac Akpokighe, 30 years old
These are the faces behind the Gistlover blog, which has been stirring up quite a storm with its posts.
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What’s the Buzz About?
Here’s what these guys are accused of:
- Adebukola Kolapo: He’s the main man, supposedly creating most of the blog’s content. He’s also suspected of being involved in some shady money moves.
- Nnedum Somtomchukwu: He’s accused of helping keep the blog alive by moving it around whenever it got into trouble.
- Isaac Akpokighe: He’s believed to have copied the Gistlover style and set up his own similar pages.
The charges are pretty serious:
- Threatening lives
What the Police Said
ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi made it clear: the evidence is strong against these guys. They’ve got a lot to answer for.
What Happens Next?
These three are now waiting to see what happens in court. The big boss of the police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, is warning everyone to steer clear of this kind of trouble. He’s also giving a thumbs up to his cybercrime team for their hard work.
The statement read;
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.
In more developments, digital Forensic analysis led to the recovery of eight (8) gist lover pages created on the instruction of the head of the syndicate by Adebukola, and wallet addresses used in laundering these monies.
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.”‘’While strongly warning against all sorts of partnerships that promote the illegal activities of this blog and others engaging in similar activities, the Inspector General of Police IGP Olukayode Egbetokun PhD. NPM, applauds the Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Center led by CP Uche Ifeanyi Henry as he reaffirms the commitment of the Force to ensuring the safety of citizens in the physical and digital space.” the statement added
Wrapping It Up
This arrest is a big deal in the fight against cybercrime in Nigeria. It’s shows that the online world has rules too. We’ll be keeping an eye on how this story unfolds.
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