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Two Canadian sisters arrested for attempting to blackmail billionaire, Femi Otedola
Femi Otedola: Chairman, Forte Oil

Two Canadian sisters arrested for attempting to blackmail billionaire, Femi Otedola

Two sisters from Toronto , Canada with a substantial Instagram following have been detained in Lagos, Nigeria, reportedly to face allegations that they tried to extort and cyber-bully Nigerian billionaire and Forter Oil Chairman, Femi Otedola

According to the news site Politics Nigeria, sisters Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo are accused of trying to blackmail the billionaire by claiming they had a certain information 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.

One of the blackmailers

One of the blackmailers

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.”

A Toronto home address has been entered in the document for the sisters.

Combined, Jyoti and Kiran have nearly 50,000 followers on Instagram. Other local media supported the Politics Nigeria account of the sisters’ legal troubles.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed that consular services were being provided to the Canadian citizens who have been detained in Lagos, Nigeria.

According to Politics Nigeria, the sisters appeared in court on Dec. 23. The website says their next scheduled court appearance will be on Jan. 26.

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