The issue of kidnapping does not seem to coming to an end soon. How can a fully grown man ever think of faking his own kidnap and demanding for a huge sum of money from his family members?
On Monday, July 3, the Lagos state police arrested one Ufom Udoh at Liverpool, Apapa for allegedly staging his own kidnap.
According to the command’s spokesperson Olarinde Famous-Cole, he revealed that Udoh’s younger brother, Victor, went to the police station to report that his elder brother was kidnapped by unknown men and they immediately started searching for him.
The Nation reported that the police traced all the calls Victor got on his phone which led to the arrest of one Paul Okiemute who reported the case at Udoh’s office.
After much interrogation Okiemute confessed that the young man had planned his own kidnap so he could extort money from his elder brother.
The police spokesperson said: “The suspect said he made calls to the victim’s elder brother with an unknown number demanding a ransom of N60 million. Udoh was later picked up and he confessed to the crime. He said he had checked into a hotel at Iyana-Ipaja area on July 3, where he spent three nights without food and water. The suspect said he later trekked to Ifo area in Ogun state, only to return to Lagos looking frail for his story to look convincing.”
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Also confirming the case is the Lagos state commissioner of police Fatai Owoseni, who instructed that Udoh and his accomplice should be charged to court immediately.
It could be recalled that on Thursday, July 13, the governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode suspended the Baale of Mogodo, Chief Yusuf Ogundare for faking his own kidnap which took place on Wednesday, July 5, within his neighbourhood.
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