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Toronto sisters accused of extortion and cyberbullying in Nigeria

Last Updated Dec 27, 2016 at 9:16 am EDT

Two continents, two sisters and one international sex scandal.

Two Toronto sisters are on the wrong side of the law in Nigeria, accused of running a website with aims of extorting money out of wealthy Nigerian men.

Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo, who have Kardashian-like instagram profiles, have, according to reports out of Lagos, Nigeria, been charged with cyberbullying and extortion.

A statement, published on the Politics Nigeria website, says they created a website, Twitter and Instagram accounts and are responsible for “humiliation and cyberbullying of some 274 persons, mostly based in various regions of Africa.”

“They approached certain people who they knew were wealthy,” Dumebi Ifeanyi, publisher of Politics Nigeria, tells CityNews.

“They told them that, this is what they have on them, these are the image they have. If they don’t want it to go out in public, if they don’t want a story to go out in public, they should pay a certain amount.”

Ifeanyi says the sisters were arrested after they tried to extort one of Nigeria’s richest men, billionaire Femi Otedola.

Ifeanyi says the sisters were allegedly caught with laptops and iPads that contained information about different people, including videotapes of men having sex with them.

Politics Nigeria has photos of what are purported to be the sister’s court appearance on December 23.

The sisters, believed to be Canadian citizens with family in Toronto, are due back in court at the end of January.

Global Affairs Canada tells CityNews they are providing consular services to the sisters, who they confirm, are being detained in Lagos. They would not provide any other details.