By Idowu Olayinka
Jackson Ude, notorious blackmailer and well-known merchant of fake news and weaving conjectures without a shred of evidence, is at his trade again.
His smear tools are the social media platforms, especially the Twitter, his unpopular website, “pointblanknews.com” is unrelentless and ever resolute to go to any length to hunt down his victims whom he may have approached through his Nigerian proxies for extortion.
Ude who works as unqualified/non-registered caregiver (N-R C) in New York, has through the emergence of the social media become a self-acclaimed investigative journalist, focusing his mischievous trade on only the wealthy and influential in the society.
The chief blackmailer has churned out many spurious, unfounded allegations in the past about innocent Nigerians.
In his wild, weird and preternatural apparition, he concocted an allegation that some Islamic clerics who embarked on a mission of peace to the Republic of Niger for dialogue with the junta were given $10,000 each by Malam Mele Kyari, the group chief executive officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL). He claimed that the NNPCL boss gave the clerics the sums in his bid to warm his way into the heart of President Bola Tinubu to retain his job.
Ude who knows no boundaries while plying his dirty trade has mischievously contrived falsehood into a religious obligation by the clerics. His lie against the clerics is, however, a pointer to the fact that the end to his evil business is near as he has only succeeded in inviting curse and wrath of the Almighty Allah to himself.
How shameful and distasteful can it be for a man like Ude to bury his parents in absentia, not because duty called, but for reason that he could not return to his home country due to many atrocities he has committed. The blackmailer, the first son of his family, could not return to Nigeria to attend the funerals of his late parents in Abia State due to several lies he has peddled against top personalities in the country.
It is also interesting to note that all his bank accounts in Nigeria have been frozen over multiple judgements against him and his companies.
Ude’s attention-seeking endless escapades have had several victims who have refused to yield to his blackmail for money.
Some of the prominent personalities who have been victims of his blackmail are Chief Timipre Sylva, (former minister of state for Petroleum Resources), Teins Jack-Rich, (former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress and a wealthy Nigerian), Olukayode Ariwoola (chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Babatunde Fashola, (former minister of Works and Housing), Late Prof Charles Quaker Dokubo (former Presidential Amnesty boss), Mrs Oyindamola Amuka(Vanguard publishers wife), , Simbi Wabote (executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board), Governor Yahaya Bello (Kogi State governor) and Hamza Ibrahim Jamo (retired employee of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), amongst others.
Recall that the former minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, recently petitioned the Department of State Service (DSS) to investigate, arrest and prosecute Ude and his co-travelers after conjurng another wicked lie that the former minister and some APC lawyers were drafting the judgement of the 2023 in favour of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
Jackson is a big pollution in the respected journalism profession who should not be allowed to continue to bring ridicule to respected members of the fourth estate of the realm.
Ude cannot continue to hide in the United States of America to perpetrate his evil, shameful, and disgusting trade. It’s time the security agencies do the needful by extraditing him to the country to defend his many lies and face the wrath of the law.
Idowu, a public commentator, writes from Lagos, Nigeria.