The Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police Force, has arrested a 38-year-old journalist,Ohio Ojeagbase, and a lawyer, Barr. Uche Iloani, who both specialise in blackmailing and extorting popular pastors and celebrities in the country. It was gathered that Mr Ohio had blackmailed many clergymen and business men in the country.
The suspect, it was also gathered, used to plant people as staffers in the homes and working places of their targets to understand all about them and then plan how to penetrate. In the case of Bishop Chris Kwakpovwe, publisher of the popular daily devotional booklet OUR DAILY MANNA, and the General Overseer of the Manna Prayer Mountain, they had planted a lady, one Ms Rita, in his ministry to function as a staff, whose job was to get the blackmailers updated with information about the Clergy man to ease their blackmail plans. Ms Rita, who had been working with the ministry for over five years, and functioned in the media department as HOD for about two year. She was in the course accused of losing (stealing) media and video equipments worth N5.6million and when she was asked to pay for the items as in the practice of the church, she absconded from the church claiming she was not a thief. This prompted her arrest by the churrch and a case was filed against her at the Area H Police Command in Ogudu, Lagos. It was her arrest that brought out Barrister Uche Iloano, who claimed to be her counsel and asked for her release with a plea to the ministry to settle the matter out of court. No sooner than she was released, the journalist, Ohio Ojeagbase surfaced with a letter written on a letter-headed paper, Probiters Report, addressed to the bishop for trying to maltreat and threaten the life of one his staff and that they were going to publish a story in that regards. That was to be the beginning of blackmail and they started demanding millions of naira to kill the story. A meeting was subsequently by the church with Barr. Uche Iloano, Mr Ohio and the suspect Ms Rita, where after a lot of empty accusations and threats to publish negative stories of sexual harassment and threat to life about the Bishop, they "agreed" to make a settlement to avoid the story going viral claiming they don’t want to damage the name of the revered man of God. It was at this stage that they knew that Rita had actually been planted as mole in the church to record her purported conversations over the years with the bishop. They claimed: "whatever we tell the public will be believed, since we have 250 million on-line It will take the bishop years to repair any damage done. Please pay up now." The lawyer then asked for N15million naira for inconveniencies tagged professional fees and the inconveniences for his client, Ms Rita who had gone through hell during her arrest and unlawful detention, while the journalist requested for 50% of whatever is paid to the lawyer. In the pretence of agreeing to their terms, the money was negotiated and they later arrived at N18million for both the journalist and the lawyer.