Police Apprehend Couple for Self Kidnap in Niger State
The Niger State Police Command have arrested a couple in Minna for faking the kidnap of his wife as a way of getting money from his father-in-law.
The Couple, Mohammed Mohammed (39 years) and his wife, Sadiya Ibrahim Umar (31 years), allegedly said the Kidnap was staged because they wanted to make some money, as they were tired of being poor.
Sadiya was reported to have been kidnapped on the 15th of July on her way back from the school where she works as a teacher.
Sadiya’s father, was contacted by an unknown caller who demanded for a ransom of N5 million, appeals from the father made the abductor reduced the ransom to N1 million.
An amount he raised and delivered to the abductors, at a location in Rafin-yashi, Minna.
While being paraded, Mohammed said he planned the fake kidnap because he needed money to undertake a dealership with BUA Cement Company, in Kano.
He said “I was told that with N1.5 million, I will get to be a dealer for BUA Cement Company in Kano. So when we discussed, we knew that no one would give us that much money; that was why we decided to go on the fake kidnapping because we heard that money is paid for those being kidnapped”.
Mohammed further disclosed that he gave his wife’s phone to his friend who called his father-in-law and instituted the demand for ransom.
Mohammed’s wife, Sadiya was invited by the police for questioning where she confessed that she conspired with her husband to fake her kidnap, she said she was taken from Minna to Nugupi Village in Paiko Local Government Area, where she was kept in her husband’s friends place by her husband.
The Police Public Relations officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said the case is under investigation and the suspects will be arraigned in court when the investigation is concluded.