23-year-old boy fakes own kidnap to extort N10million from parents

A 23-year-old boy named Edward Okache planned for some men to kidnap him in Ogun State so that he could collect N10 million from his parents.

Okache was apprehended on Monday, according to the police, along with four other people, Asamoah Ernest, Isiah Uti, Ephraim Anyijor, and Charity Lukpata, whom he had instructed to kidnap him.

One Comfort Okache had earlier reported via phone to the Mowe divisional headquarters that his younger brother, who was travelling from Calabar to Lagos, had been kidnapped in the Mowe area of Ogun State.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police spokesman in Ogun, claimed that the kidnappers demanded N10 million from the boy’s relatives if they wanted to see him alive.

Upon the report, DAILY POST learnt that the DPO of Mowe division, SP Folake Afeniforo, had mobilized the division’s tactical teams to the area.

“Upon painstaking and enduring combing of the surrounding bush at Orimerunmu area, the victim was sighted in an uncompleted building with the duo of Asamoah Ernest, a Ghanaian, and Isiah Uti, where he was tied in both hands and legs,” Oyeyemi said.

Police rescued the acclaimed victim and arrested the two suspects found with him.

“But on getting to the station, the two arrested suspects made a shocking revelation that the so-called victim was the person who planned with them to kidnap him in order for him to extort money from his parents to invest in an online business,” it was explained.

They had confessed further that the said Okache was introduced to them by Anyijor and Lukpata, who are also indigenes of the same Yala Local Government Area of Cross River as the victim, saying that they all are part of the planned kidnap of Edward Okache.

Their confession, Oyeyemi stated, led to the arrest of Anyijor and Lukpata, adding that “they have all confessed to the commission of the crime.”

The Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the case be referred to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State CIID for further investigation and possible prosecution.

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