22 year-old fakes own kidnap with lover, demands N30m from family

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a teenager, Ujunwa Offiah, for allegedly conspiring with her boyfriend, Blessed Ifesinachi, to fake her kidnap and demand N30m ransom from her family.

The police also arrested an accomplice, Precious Chukwu, 22, whose phone was reportedly used to negotiate with Offiah’s family.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, while parading the suspects at the command headquarters on Monday, said the principal suspect, Ifesinachi, was at large.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, Offiah said she joked about the kidnap with Ifesinachi, adding that she was surprised he took it seriously.

Chukwu denied knowing that her phone was being used to negotiate the ransom.

She said, “He (Ifesinachi) asked for my phone that he wanted to use it for business. I never knew he wanted to use it to do this kind of a thing. I was at my workplace when the police came to arrest me.”

The police also paraded three suspected cultists, Ismail Fatai, 23; Sherif Haruna, 22; and Dare Gabriel, 26, for allegedly terrorising residents in different parts of Lagos.

The police claimed that Fatai terrorised people in the Lamgbasa area, adding that two people had “lost their lives through his actions and inactions.”

A locally-made pistol was reportedly recovered from the suspect.

Ten other suspects were also arrested for the burning of the Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area secretariat during the #EndSARS protest.

They are Abdulganiyu Abeeb, 30; Adetunji Senyi, 27; Ahmed Animashaun, 28; Alowonle Lawal, 28; Taiwo Nuah, 19; Abdulkareem Fawasi, 18; Kabiru Alabi, 28; Isah Joseph, 37; and Ridwan Oladipupo, 18.

The CP stated that all the suspects would be charged for the crime. Punch

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