Las Piñas City in the Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

A Nigerian man and his Filipina cohort were arrested last week after the pair threatened to spread nude photos of his fiancé online unless she paid him money.

On January 17 in Las Piñas City, agents from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested Nigerian Innocent Uchenna Nkwoka and Filipina Jackie Pascual. According to the NBO, the arrests were made on the complaint of a woman, the Manila Bulletin reported.

The woman, whose identity was not disclosed, said she met the Nigerian through an online dating app. The Nigerian identified himself as an American chemical engineer named Steve Edward based in Alaska. Nkwoka claimed he was a divorcee with one child and managed to make the woman agree to his marriage proposal.

The Nigerian convinced the woman to send a total of PHP50,026 (US$948) for the processing of her visa application. She said she was supposed to meet the man at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on December 5 after being told he was coming to the Philippines.

However, the man did not arrive and the woman received a call from someone claiming to be from the Bureau of Customs, who informed her that the man had been held at Cebu airport for carrying US$800,000. The woman was then asked to send PHP25,000 to secure his release.

Sensing she was already being duped, the woman refused to send the money. The Nigerian later sent her a message and threatened to spread nude photos of her online if she failed to send the money.

The woman filed a complaint with the NBI and Pascual was arrested after an investigation. The Filipina then gave information to the NBI on where she was supposed to meet the Nigerian, who was then arrested.

The two have been charged with swindling and robbery-extortion in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and for violating the Anti Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.

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