Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo, of Toronto allegedly threatened to post steamy photos and videos of billionaire Femi Otedola cheating on his wife on a sex-scandal website they created.
Otedala, who made his fortune in energy, is worth an estimated $1.8 billion.
The Matharoo sisters have been accused of being “responsible” for website NaijaGistLive, where “damaging stories were written” about Otedala and his family, African blog Jeloser reports. The sisters also allegedly managed several other profiles on Twitter and Instagram that were reportedly used to cyberbully more than 200 people “mostly based in various regions of Africa.”
“They approached certain people who they knew were wealthy,” said Politics Nigeria publisher Dumebi Ifeanyi, CityNews reports.
“They told them that, this is what they have on them, these are the image they have,” Ifeanyi said. “If they don’t want it to go out in public, if they don’t want a story to go out in public, they should pay a certain amount.”
The sisters made an initial court appearance in December, after Otedala filed a complaint with police. The Matharoo sisters face four years in prison for cyberbullying, blackmail and extortion if they are found guilty.
Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo are due back in court at the end of January. Global Affairs Canada has said it is providing consular services for the sisters, and confirmed the two are being detained in Lagos.