Nigerian gang blackmailed teen who took his own life

The parents of a Tyrone teenager who took his own life have revealed a Nigerian gang was blackmailing him over intimate photographs in a bid to scam £3,300.

In an interview with the Irish News, the father of Ronan Hughes (17) described the anguish of discovering the body of their son and explained the circumstances surrounding his death.

Gerard and Teresa Hughes said they want to warn parents of the danger of cyberbullying in a bid to prevent a similar tragedy.

They described the “relentless” blackmailing their son was the subject of and said they believe he would still be alive had the police treated the matter with more urgency.

His distraught parents explained Ronan had come to them three days before his death to tell them he was being blackmailed by a Facebook account threatening to send his online friends images unless he paid £3,300 within 48 hours.

Following his tragic death, police traced the address of the page to Nigeria and were able to shut it down.

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