The Chidinma Okeke sex tape scandal has taken yet another turn, with reports this week that police arrested gang members allegedly responsible for leaking the explicit video of the Miss Anambra 2015 winner and another group calling for Okeke to be sent to prison.
Okeke was reportedly featured in several racy videos that have hit the internet over the last two weeks, causing a major scandal in Nigeria and prompting a police investigation into who was responsible for leaking the footage. Okeke claimed that she was being blackmailed by someone over the video and said she was afraid for her life, but so far police have not identified anyone responsible for the videos leaking.
Okeke had initially claimed that it was not really her in the video, saying instead it was the work of trick photography, but a second video allegedly made it more clear that it was really the Miss Anambra 2015 winner. Okeke has since come under attack from a number of politicians, as well as the association running the pageant, which stripped her of the title.
The case may have taken a major turn this week, with a number of Nigerian news outlets, including Pulse, reporting that police arrested several men for a scheme to collect sex tapes and blackmail the women featured in them. The reports claimed that the men arrested were the ones responsible for releasing the Chidinma Okeke sex tape.
But it is not clear how much truth there may be to that story. The reports traced news of the arrest not to police but to a Facebook user named Martin Beck Nworah, who claimed to have firsthand knowledge of the scheme.
“Their mode of operation is very simple. They open female Facebook accounts and scout for unsuspecting young ladies,” he wrote, via NAIJ. “These guys will operate the said accounts as ladies and become very friendly with the said girls.”
“Inundated with promises of making them become celebrities and promising to crop out their faces before posting pictures, these unsuspecting girls will send nude pictures and shoot lesbian videos in return for a particular sum of money which is around N100k.”
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Nworah wrote that the men then use the pictures and video to blackmail the women into returning the money and extorting more money out of them. He claimed that Chidinma Okeke fell victim to this scheme but decided to stop paying her blackmailers and risk the sex tape’s release after she won the Miss Anambra pageant and gained fame. It was then that the videos were released, the man claimed.
Police have refuted those claims, saying there have been no arrests in connection to the scandal.
But the Chidinma Okeke sex tape scandal doesn’t end there. Just after the reports that police arrested the men blackmailing the Miss Anambra 2015 winner, the Association of Beauty Pageant and Fashion Exhibition Organization of Nigeria called on police to investigate Okeke for violating laws pertaining to lesbian sex, Pulse reported.
— YUNG MAJOR DRUGZ (@dj_drugz) November 3, 2016
“If Nigeria Police were really interested in this case, the actual culprit who is Chidinma Okeke should be looked for,” said the association’s secretary general, Alex Nwankwo. “There is no ignorance in law. Besides, it is a federal case which attracts 14 years in imprisonment.
“We believe if there is a petition against Chidinma Okeke on this banned federal offence of Lesbianism on the table of Nigeria police, they would have commenced hunting for her arrest.”
Nwankwo went on to say that it would be easier to arrest Chidinma Okeke for her sex tape than to target the alleged blackmailers, and called on the Miss Anambra 2015 winner to come forward and identify the men responsible. Police have not said if they plan to bring any charges against Okeke for the explicit video.
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