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Lagos State Police Command has arrested a teenage woman recognized as Ujunwa Offiah, for allegedly conspiring together with her boyfriend, Blessed Ifesinachi, to pretend her personal kidnap and demand N30 million ransom from her household.

The boyfriend used one other girlfriend’s cellphone to contact {the teenager}’s household, informing them that their daughter had been kidnapped.
The police additionally arrested an confederate, Treasured Chukwu, 22, whose cellphone was reportedly used to ransom negotiate with Offiah’s household.
The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, whereas parading the suspects on the command headquarters on Monday, stated the prime suspect, Ifesinachi who continues to be at massive, used Chukwu’s cellphone to cantact Offiah’s household for the ransom.
“This can be a case of conspiracy and staged kidnapping, and the person on the centre of this case, who occurs to be a Uber driver, continues to be at massive. We’re going after him as a result of he conspired with considered one of these two women, Offiah, who faked her kidnap.

“He cleverly used the cellphone of one other girlfriend, Treasured (Chukwu), to contact Offiah’s household, informing them that their daughter had been kidnapped.

“He requested N30m from Offiah’s household to get her freed and through negotiations, which concerned the police, they settled for N700,000. Whereas the cash was being dropped, we took motion and within the course of arrested Offiah and Treasured,” Odumosu stated.
Talking with PUNCH, Offiah stated she joked in regards to the kidnap with Ifesinachi, including that she was stunned he took it significantly.
“I met Ifesinachi in October, and once we received speaking, I jokingly instructed him to kidnap me in order that he would acquire ransom from my sister. I by no means knew that he took it significantly till he instructed me he had gone to the village to fulfill a local physician and likewise mentioned along with his guys in regards to the deal. When he stated he was prepared, he realised that I used to be scared and threatened to kill me if I knowledgeable anyone of the plan.

“So, I refused to inform anyone as a result of he’s a cultist. On November 27, on my approach again from faculty, I went to fulfill him and a woman, Endurance, at 2nd Rainbow, and from there, we went to a lodge. On the lodge, he referred to as my sister to demand N30m as ransom, however once I heard that my grandmother had collapsed within the village due to what occurred to me, I instructed him to just accept any quantity they provided.

“On Thursday, he went to get the cash and got here again to the lodge on Friday morning. He instructed me he collected N600,000 and launched me thereafter. After I noticed my members of the family, I instructed them that I used to be kidnapped by some guys. I lied to my household and the police, as a result of he threatened to kill me, together with my sister’s youngsters. It was once I noticed his girlfriend and my schoolbag that I confessed about the entire kidnap,” she stated.
Chukwu denied realizing that her cellphone was getting used to barter the ransom.
“He (Ifesinachi) requested for my cellphone that he wished to make use of it for enterprise. I by no means knew he wished to make use of it to do this type of a factor. I used to be at my office when the police got here to arrest me,” she stated.
The CP acknowledged that each one the suspects can be charged for the crime.

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