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Lagos State Police Command has arrested a teenage lady recognized as Ujunwa Offiah, for allegedly conspiring together with her boyfriend, Blessed Ifesinachi, to faux 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, Valuable 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, mentioned the prime suspect, Ifesinachi who remains 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, remains to be at massive. We’re going after him as a result of he conspired with certainly one of these two women, Offiah, who faked her kidnap.

“He cleverly used the cellphone of one other girlfriend, Valuable (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 Valuable,” Odumosu mentioned.
Talking with PUNCH, Offiah mentioned she joked concerning the kidnap with Ifesinachi, including that she was shocked he took it severely.
“I met Ifesinachi in October, and once we obtained speaking, I jokingly advised him to kidnap me in order that he would acquire ransom from my sister. I by no means knew that he took it severely till he advised me he had gone to the village to satisfy a local physician and likewise mentioned along with his guys concerning the deal. When he mentioned 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 manner again from college, I went to satisfy him and a woman, Persistence, at 2nd Rainbow, and from there, we went to a resort. On the resort, 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 advised him to just accept any quantity they provided.

“On Thursday, he went to get the cash and got here again to the resort on Friday morning. He advised me he collected N600,000 and launched me thereafter. After I noticed my relations, I advised 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 mentioned.
Chukwu denied realizing that her cellphone was getting used to barter the ransom.
“He (Ifesinachi) requested for my cellphone that he needed to make use of it for enterprise. I by no means knew he needed 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 mentioned.
The CP acknowledged that each one the suspects could be charged for the crime.

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