The Nigeria Police Force has detained three suspects allegedly linked to the popular microblogging platform, Gistlover, for potential involvement in cyberstalking activities.
The individuals, identified as Adebukola Kolapo (27), Nnedum Somtomchukwu (25), and Isaac Akpokighe (30), were apprehended following a petition filed by Dr. and Mrs. Seye Oladejo alleging cyberstalking and threats to life. Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the arrests at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, stating that the National Cybercrime Center acted on the petition and launched an investigation.
Mr. Adejobi elaborated that the suspects are associated with a group called “Gistlover family,” believed to be responsible for the daily operations of the Gistlover blog. He further characterized the platform as a source of “cyberstalking, incitement, blackmail, and sundry” activities, generating significant public concern over the years.
Following their arrest, the three individuals reportedly admitted to their various roles within the alleged scheme, corroborating evidence gathered by investigators.
Kolapo, also known as “Omo Oba Gistlover,” is accused of creating over 80% of the Gistlover pages, facilitating his involvement in the activities under investigation. Receiving income and incentives such as car gifts, Kolapo reportedly took responsibility for content editing, captioning, and dissemination, including the cyberstalking post towards the complainants. He is also suspected of participating in money laundering activities related to the alleged scheme. Digital forensic analysis reportedly led to the discovery of eight Gistlover pages created by Kolapo under the alleged leader’s direction, along with linked wallet addresses potentially used for financial transactions.
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