A 26 year old girl, Ataghar Namdoo has been arrested by men of the Lagos police command for faking her own kidnap to extort money from her employer.
She was arrested with her male friend who staged the kidnap with her.
According to the police, operatives from Anti Kidnapping Unit, Lagos State Police Command arrested Namdoo in Lagos following discovery that the suspect conspired with her boyfriend Emmanuel Idu and Okpe David to produce a short video of herself blindfolded and driven to a bush in a truck.
”In a second video, the girl a mother of one, was seen in a bush at Sangotedo area of Ajah threatened by a man wearing a mask and holding a Jack knife” the Police mentioned, adding that the masked man was later identified as Emmanuel Idu who is the boyfriend of the girl.
It was further mentioned that the abductors were demanding for ten million naira as ransom in the video.
The two videos were sent to the employer of the lady with a threat to kill her and to also go after the family of the employer if the ransom is not paid.
”Frightened by the threat contained in the video and the follow up calls, the said employer who is into Fleet business, reported the case to the Police.
”On the receipt of the case, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu ordered the Anti kidnapping unit to carry out an in depth investigateion into the case.
”The videos were thoroughly analysed alongside other vital leads. A well coordinated operation was put in place which led to the successful rescue of the self arranged victim of the abduction and the arrest of one of the two suspects, Okpe David”
According to the police, the Command has taken steps to verify the claim made by Okpe David that he is a military personnel.
”Police have equally launched a manhunt of the second male suspect, Emmanuel Idu, who is on the run. Okpe David confessed to have provided the Truck used in driving the girl to the bush. The truck was actually driven by him. He also did the video recordings sent to the employer of the Lady. The three suspects all came from the same state of origin, Benue State.
”They have known each other for so many years. Both the lady and the man arrested confessed to the commission of the crime. That there aim is to extort money from the girl’s employer which they intend to share among themselves” Police sources mentioned.
Confirming the report, Lagos state Police Spokes Person, Bala Elkana said it is a criminal offence for anyone to fake own kidnap. He added that under the Lagos State laws, the offender upon conviction, is liable to 14years imprisonment