The police have detained a 29-year-old employee of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and his colleague for allegedly faking his kidnapping and demanding N150,000 in ransom.
SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the image maker for the Lagos State Police Command, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Friday.
After a thorough examination of the suspects, Hundeyin said officers from the command’s State Criminal Investigation Department made the arrest.
According to him, after faking his own kidnapping, the 29-year-old suspect went to Lugbe in Abuja and filmed a video of himself in captivity.
According to Hundeyin, the suspect told his 32-year-old coworker about his plot, and they sought N5 million in ransom, but were only able to get N150,000 after protracted negotiations before being apprehended.
“Investigations found that the first suspect, who was apprehended in Abuja, plotted with the second suspect to simulate his kidnapping and create the film that was delivered to the coworker for ransom.”
“The first suspect also admitted to splitting the ransom equally with the second suspect and spending his half on a generator and other personal stuff.”
“At the conclusion of the inquiry, suspects will be arraigned in court,” says the statement.
He stated his case.
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Abiodun Alabi, praised the detectives for a job well done, according to the image maker.
Residents of Lagos may rest confident that criminals will not go unnoticed and unpunished, according to Hundeyin.