Two alleged Canadian escorts linked with Femi Otedola, Forte Oil Plc owner have finally cleared the air on the s*x scandal trailing them. The two Toronto sisters last seen apologizing in a video for allegedly extorting and cyberbullying a Nigerian billionaire are back in Canada after a tumultuous month in Lagos where they say local authorities accused them of being behind a slanderous website.
Back in December, a Nigerian news website reported that Kiran and Jyoti Matharoo were under investigation for allegedly trying to blackmail billionaire Femi Otedola and cyberbully more than 200 other people throughout Africa.
The reports claimed that the women were in possession of photos and videos showing Otedola cheating on his wife. The sisters were eventually charged with extortion, cyberbullying and threatening to kidnap.
Shortly after news of the allegations made its way to Canada, a video surfaced on YouTube showing the girls, make-up free and plainly clothed, apologizing to Otedola and his family. In the video apology, the sisters admitted to creating an online “platform” known where people could anonymously send in scandalous stories about others.They said in the video that their intention was not to hurt or extort anyone.
Speaking to CTV News Toronto exclusively, the women denied having anything to do with the website, saying they were never responsible for the website nor the gossip-laden story posted there about Femi Otedola - Nigerian oil mogul. They said they agreed to make the video in order to have their passports returned.
The sisters insist they were scapegoats in the Nigerian authorities’ alleged attempt to cover-up a “national embarrassment” involving a person with “power and money.” Sisters demanded to see arrest warrant
It all started on December 14, a few days after Jyoti and Kiran arrived in Nigeria to spend the holidays -- like they always do. While settling in at their hotel, they say they were interrupted by a knock at the door.
Kiran said she opened the door only to have several police officers push her out of the way and barge into their room. The sisters claim the officers snatched their phones out of their hands and demanded to know their connection 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.”
Throughout their jaunts in Nigeria, the women say they have also been targeted in malicious articles on the gossip blog. The anonymous author and subsequent commenters called the girls “prostitutes,” “escorts” and “gold diggers,” and “were always trying to guess who we know, who we don’t know, what we’re doing and where we are,” Kiran said.
As the officers sifted through their things, Jyoti said she picked up her cellphone to dial the Canadian Embassy but was caught by an officer who snatched the device from her hands.
The women allege the nonuniform officers forced them into a vehicle. They said they were overcome with the fear that they were being kidnapped.
“At this point I was yelling and saying, ‘Show me an arrest warrant, show me something with my name on it,’ but,” Kiran said, pausing briefly as she holds back tears. “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,” Jyoti said.
“That never happened.”
Sitting on pieces of foam in a dank, roofless cell among 11 other women and a mischief of rats, Jyoti and Kiran’s fear mounted.
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