Veteran singer, Salawa Abeni, has said an insider could have handed her semi-nude pictures to a blackmailer.
She said this after posting some threats by a blackmailer, who identified himself as Jesse, who threatened to release the photos online if she does not pay some amount of money.
Abeni then went on to post the photos to her Instagram page herself, explaining that her action was to put the blackmailer out of business.
“Firstly, I am not a child. I cannot even recall where that photo was taken. I’m not sure whether I was even in the hospital or with my partner. It must have been taken more than 20 years ago. I’ll be 60 next year and I have spent 46 years on stage, so for anyone to decide to blackmail me in this critical time when the world is on lockdown, battling the coronavirus pandemic; that is bad. So, since the person threatened to release the photo, I decided to ‘help’ him by posting the photo online myself,” she told Saturday Beats.
“Whenever I travel abroad, I am treated importantly. So, why should someone be threatening me with blackmail in my own country? He was asking me to negotiate with him; that after I made the payment, he would make a video of himself burning the pictures. I put all the conversation we had online.
“Is nudity that sacred? I gave birth four times and I exposed my nakedness to the doctors and nurses at those times. There was nothing for me to be scared of. I have God and people behind me.
“It is said that if the enemy within does not get one, the one outside cannot get one. We should only pray that God should save us from those watching us that we are not aware of. I am a human being and I am entitled to my privacy.”
The singer revealed that the blackmailer has not contacted her since she posted the photos, adding that his case has been reported to the police.