#Alleged $300,000 Blackmail, EFCC, DSS, Sought Peoples Gazette Editor, Samuel Ogundipe – Report

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According to Our correspondent, Insiders have revealed that Samuel Ogundipe, the editor of online publication, Peoples Gazette, is  on the run after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) launched an investigation into his alleged attempt to blackmail the Chairman of Air Peace,  Allen Onyema, into paying him $300,000.

Newsdiaryonline gathered that about five months ago, Ogundipe had contacted Onyema to inform him that his  paper was working on a stinker on him. He, however, offered to drop the story if paid $300,000.

According to sources privy to the newspaper, he said for days, Mr Onyema tried to convince Ogundipe that the purported allegations being  against him by Peoples Gazette were false and was just meant  to tarnish his reputation.

However, the editor refused to accept the truth, and was bent on publishing the unfounded allegations, this HEADLINENEWS, understood through our correspondents, the Air Peace chairman alerted the EFCC and the Department of State Services (DSS) on the plot to blackmail and extort from him by Ogundipe.

However, the editor refused to accept the truth, and was bent on publishing the unfounded allegations, this Headlinenews, understood through our correspondents, the Air Peace chairman alerted the EFCC and the Department of State Services (DSS) on the plot to blackmail and extort from him by Ogundipe.

Those familiar with the matter said the Air Peace chairman then requested Ogundipe to provide an account number to which the money could be paid but the journalist insisted that he would only accept the payment in cash.

Onyema continued to play along in line with the script given to him by the law enforcement agencies involved in the operation. He invited Ogundipe to his office in Lagos to for the first batch of  $50,000.

The journalist, however, said he was away in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, at the time but that he would send a representative to collect the money on his behalf.

On the appointed date, the representative, said to be a female staff of Peoples Gazette, showed up at Onyema’s office as agreed, to receive the bribe.

The armed operatives of EFCC and DSS who have planted recording devices in Onyema’s office while also taking positions around the facility, intercepted the lady

Law enforcement insiders revealed that when Ogundipe’s picker received the money from Onyema, the operatives emerged from their hiding positions and swooped on her.

She was immediately arrested and driven to the Lagos office of the EFCC where she was interrogated and detained for one week.

The suspect, law enforcement sources said, told detectives that she did not know that the money Ogundipe sent her to collect was a proceed of blackmail.

The EFCC held on to the suspect for days and invited Ogundipe to show up for questioning. The journalist has since gone underground and has so far refused to return to Nigeria from Dubai.

Meanwhile, a further screening of the suspect’s telephone revealed information that further implicated the Peoples Gazette editor, our sources said

Ogundipe was a reporter with Premium Times until mid 2020 when left after the medium accused him of unethical conduct.

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