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Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo

Canadian sisters Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo who were arrested and charged for blackmail, extortion and cyberbullying billionaire Femi Otedola have returned to their country. They were also charged with threatening to kidnap.

Reports said they blackmailed Otedola with photos and videos of him cheating on his wife.

Following their arrest and arraignment, the sisters who were alleged to be the owners of NaijaGistLive, a gossip website which has now been taken down.

The Matharoos, had in a video posted on YouTube apologised to the billionaire and everyone they had blackmailed. They also admitted to  creating an online “platform” known where people could anonymously send in scandalous stories about others.

In an exclusive interview with CTV News Toronto, The sisters said they had nothing to do with the website adding that they agreed to make the video in return for their international passport.


They alleged that Nigerian authorities, in their bid to cover-up a “national embarrassment” involving a person with “power and money,” they (Jyoti and Kiran) were used as scapegoats.

Narrating what happened on the night of their arrest, they said that on December 14, while settling in their hotel in Nigeria where they had come for holiday, they heard a knock on the door.

Kiran added that police officers pushed her out of the way when she opened the door. She said they took their phones and questioned them on their link to the gossip blog.

“When I first told the police officer that we had been slandered on the site ourselves, he said, ‘You have?’” Kiran said. “He was confused by it.”

She said the anonymous author and subsequent commenters called them “prostitutes,” “escorts” and “gold diggers,” and they “were always trying to guess who we know, who we don’t know, what we’re doing and where we are,” Kiran said.

Jyoti said she picked up her phone when the officers were searching their stuff, and tried to call the Canadian Embassy but was caught by an officer who snatched the device from her hands.

She said they were forced into a vehicle by the officers who were not wearing uniform.

“At this point I was yelling and saying, ‘Show me an arrest warrant, show me something with my name on it,’ but they didn’t have any identification. It was scary. It’s hard to relive it. We just thought we were going to be questioned and we could say that we wanted our lawyer and that they’d just let us go. That never happened.” Jyoti said.

 

Eight hours passed before the girls were freed without much explanation.

They said they were placed under police protection at a new hotel near the airport, adding that Otedola arranged to have then taken to his home where they recorded the apology video.

They said they were offered a deal to admit to running the blog and damaging Otedola’s reputation and be let go. They said they signed the undertaking out of fear, adding that the deal also said they will never return to Nigeria.

 

Kiran said, “It was pretty much being forced, otherwise you’re going to be thrown into a maximum security prison for God knows how.”

Jyoti said Otedola claimed that him “and his family were in fear of being kidnapped, death, bodily harm, injury to his character and reputation.”

The sisters said that Otedola claimed that after the slanderous post about him was published, he got a message “from the website” by someone who threatened to kidnap him.

Jyoti and Kiran said they’ve known Otedola “personally” and have “always been cordial,” but the attack against them came as a surprise.

“It became very publicized in Nigeria that we were the owners of this slanderous website,” Kiran said.

The sisters, who have been in Canada since January 1 this year, said they “decided to speak because everyone thinks (they’re) missing or dead or worse.”

 

The sisters said they know the lavish lifestyle they portrayed on their social media accounts led some to question their motives but they reiterated that they’ve never blackmailed or extorted anyone, despite dating some of Nigeria’s wealthiest men.

“I think just dating someone in the oil and gas sector you get more opportunities to travel a bit more, you get to do things maybe you wouldn’t have done. The way the media reported it, they called us sex workers, prostitutes… I’ve never done anything like that. I’ve never blackmailed anyone, never extorted anyone. I think the stain on our reputation will never be cleared,” Jyoti said.

They said they have no intention of returning to Nigeria even as several arrest warrants have been issued against them as they have missed a couple of court appearances. The case against them returns to court May 22.

 

Global Affairs Canada said “consular services have been provided to the Canadian citizens who had been detained in Lagos, Nigeria.”

Rachel Eta Brown an immigration lawyer with Pace Law, Nigeria, said that the women cannot be found criminally responsible if they don’t attend court as there is no existing treaty between Canada and Nigeria that allows for extradition.

26 Comments

  1. Kay

    May 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t blame you at all, i blame the people who released your passports to you thus enabling you to escape, you are not prostitutes but you date married men and stayed at the most prestigious hotel in Nigeria without any known source of income, shameless prostitutes and blackmailers instead of hiding your slutty faces in shame, you are posting dumb denials from the the comfort of Canada. you are well known in Lagos as high class prostitutes servicing the rich and the mighty. Better change your ways, get a decent job, get a life and stop lying, fraudulent lifestyle leads nowhere.

    • June

      May 3, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Why should you blame them? Prostitution is a profession . Whether you like it or yes! Service rendered – service paid. Why not blame the married people who engage their services. And worst still – the politicians who use state resources for such. If you go to the market to buy akara, does the akara seller ask you what your source of income is ? Imagine. Fraudulent lifestyle indeed.

  2. Nuna

    May 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I believe them. They CANNOT be the owners of that blog. I used to visit that blog and the owner has to be Nigerian mehn. He/She had waaayyyy to much info to be a foreigner

    • Yomi

      May 3, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      I believe them please bring back NGL ???

    • Mena

      May 4, 2017 at 7:08 am

      At least be smart, no one said they own NaijaGistlive, the person behind NaijaGistlive is their partner in crime, they provide him with info to blackmail people, he once ran a false story about when my friend and when he was contacted to take it down, he asked for me money. Don’t let these girls fool you, ask yourself why anyone will just pick on them for no just reason. They ran a prostitution and blackmail ring and NaijaGistlive was media arm of their extortion racket.

    • Nuna

      May 4, 2017 at 8:48 am

      I believe you are the one who needs to be smart

    • Mena

      May 4, 2017 at 10:58 am

      What does it take criminal minds to work together other than they have the sole goal and objective of reaping where they didn’t sow? Don’t be so shallow minded, be open minded, crime doesnt have a barrier, it transcends race, gender and religion, so let it sink in now if you couldnt comprehend it before, they were working with the guy who owns NaijaGistLive.

  3. Suga

    May 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Hmmm, just like there is no rich man especially Nigerians without baggages and secrets… It will only take a while to be exposed. Una congratulations for surviving ok… Next time una hear Nija eeh..Na una go advise yourselves appropriately including others! !

  4. swagg1

    May 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I dont believe or give a rat ass about these babes. There is more to their story that they are leading on. Good ridiance and stay ib Canada cuz you wont be missed.

  5. Boity

    May 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Only an idiotic FOOL will believe NaijagistLive was run by these two. NO it was not. I read that blog from day 1 and her style of writing is definitely not these two.

    Adetola only used them as scapegoats cos they are whores whom everyone with Power in Nigeria has had.

    naijagistlive will come back again – I just want her to run it from USA. lets see if these disgusting whorring married politicians men can try bringing you down for telling the truth about their whore ways. That site always had receipts to every story – it was not slander it was truth. If they can then LSA would have been brought down 20 yrs ago (since i have been a member of that blog)

    how do you catch caroline husband every week with a different qirl at quilox in comprising posistion caall it slander. Are you a learner. All the politicians these whores screwed ganged up and used them as scapegoat cos they had a lot of evidence and photos on their phones that would have messed up their political careers.

    • Absolute dunce

      May 3, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      You are the idiotic fool. Do you think Femi Otedola got to where he is now without having an amazing brain in his scull. Of all the people to use a scape goats they chose Canadian citizens. Abeg recieve sense small.

      These Indian prostitutes were definitely behind the blog. The evidence against them would have been overwhelming hence why these Canadian citizens were charged to court.

      In the end these whores showed the power of the pussy cat. It is because of one of their many boyfriends that they are free now.

      Nigerians forever supporting oyinbo, and they wonder why they got played.

  6. Wendy

    May 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Stephanie Otobo is from Canada and these ones are from Canada. Hian! These girls should get a life already. Is this what they do in Canada? These are rather embarrassing to womanhood.

  7. Sunshiney

    May 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Of course they are not prostitutes….ok then!!!
    Indians don’t even like black people

  8. my opinion

    May 3, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    See haters. So, because you have to work hard for everything you have, you hate on them because their lives seen easier than yours. Please, go and look for a rich man to take care of you and stop hating. Haters don’t get far

    • Mena

      May 4, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Only a prostitute a.k.a runs girls can talk like you defending fellow prostitutes. So you must wore yourself to a rich man because you can make it in life? How lazy and cheap can you be? We now even have a male wing of the prostitution busines. Shame

  9. MadamYe...

    May 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    ‘I think just dating someone in the oil and gas sector you get more opportunities to travel a bit more, you get to do things maybe you wouldn’t have done. The way the media reported it, they called us sex workers, prostitutes… I’ve never done anything like that.’

    They forgot to mention that were probably ‘dating’ the married CEO’s of these oil and gas sectors they talk of.

    And the stupid talk of they’re not sex workers or prostitutes…LMAO…..

    ‘MMMMMMMM why you lying, why you always lying….’

  10. MadamYe...

    May 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    they****

  11. Toyin

    May 3, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    whether there are prostitutes or not, that’s not really the point, what about all those married men, billionaires, men of God, icon for the youth, who praise their wife in public and love their children, are they allowed to date those ladies or pay them for sex, is this permitted?? Is there nothing wrong there? and then those ladies get arrested and kicked out of the country !! Obviously cos those men paid the police and the justice system etc…. to cover their backs. At the end this all case underlines the lifestyle of the powerful men stated above…. Not very impressive at all !

  12. Onye

    May 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    See jist o!!

  13. June

    May 3, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Why not name these politicians ! From most of the comments so far… can we see how as nation we protect the rich and powerful . Most politicians that have trusted with national ressources instead of using it to develop our nation will be flying and buying these girls left , right and center . And we will only blame the women! ???

  14. kelcy

    May 3, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    #BBOG!

  15. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    May 4, 2017 at 9:09 am

    if they can send the Matharoo sisters back to their country; Canda

    They can send Ifeyinwa Chineze Atuanya back to her country: Nigeria.

  16. sharon

    May 4, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I’m still in shock at the lawlessness in which they were detained. My God, it’s so scary. So you pay the police to kidnap and detain people cos you got the resources?? Smh for Nigeria

  17. tunmi

    May 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    So…is the website coming back or nah?

  18. M

    May 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Femi Otedola and his cohorts are lucky this is Nigeria. These girls may be wrong but we abuse power anyhow. No matter how slut type these girls are, there are laws and protection from such abuse of it even if you are a prostitute. This is how some men ruin their lives and career. I advise him and his colleagues involved not to step foot in Canada. They might just be nabbed for human right issues.

  19. Idomagirl

    May 4, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    They say they’re not sex workers?
    ?????
    Then I must be Ivanka Trump.

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