Wednesday 20 September 2017

Insta-famous sisters accused of 'extorting and bullying billionaire' fail to show at court

The Matharoo sisters have over 50,000 Instagram followers between them (Photo: Instagram)
The Matharoo sisters have over 50,000 Instagram followers between them (Photo: Instagram)
Kiran poses during a recent boat-trip (Photo: Instagram/KiranMatharoo)
Kiran has thousands of followers on Instagram (Photo: Instagram/KiranMatharoo)
Kiran poses in a recent snap (Photo: Instagram/KiranMatharoo)
Jyoti poses in a recent Instagram photo (Photo: Instagram/JyotiMatharoo)
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Two Instagram-famous sisters who were arrested for allegedly extorting and bullying a billionaire, have failed to show up for a court hearing, according to local reports.

The sisters, from Toronto, are well-known for their social media photos and have more than 50,000 followers combined.

Jyoti and Krian Matharoo are accused of threatening a Nigerian businessman.

According to Nigeria Politics and the New York Daily News, the duo threatened to release proof that Femi Otedola cheated on his wife unless he paid them off.

The women, who are accused of recording themselves having sexual relations with men and then blackmailing them, were taken into custody on December 23 after the businessman filed a complaint.

They are now accused of “the humiliation and cyber-bullying of some 274 persons, mostly based in Africa” through their now-defunct website and other social media accounts, according to court documents.

A Canadian government agency has confirmed it is assisting two citizens detained in Lagos, but would not release any further details.

Businessman Femi Otedola is the second Nigerian after Aliko Dangote to be included on the Forbes list of dollar-denominated billionaires.

The 54-year-old is worth approximately US$1.85 billion (€1.77bn).

According to Politics Nigeria the sisters and their “Nigerian accomplice” Babatunde Oyebode a.k.a Baudex are facing extortion, cyberbullying and blackmail charges after a complaint to police by Otedola.

Politics Nigeria said the only defendant to appear in court Wednesday was Oyebode, who told presiding Justice E.A Ojo he had “no knowledge of their whereabouts.”

The judge reportedly issued a warrant for the two sisters and requested the case be transferred to the federal high court in Lagos, according to the news outlet.

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