Three women, man nabbed for faking kidnap, demanding N5m ransom

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested three women and a man for allegedly faking the kidnap of one of them and demanding N5 million ransom.

The spokesman of the Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest on Friday of the suspects in a statement.

He said the suspects were aged 25, 23, 24 and 24.

Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police, said that the suspects faked the kidnap of one of them on March 19.

“On March 19, the resident of Akure travelled to Lagos and was reportedly kidnapped in Lagos,” he said.

The spokesman said that the suspect’s family in Akure, the Ondo State capital, later received a video showing the lady and one other tied, gagged and groaning, with blood droplets around them.

Hundeyin added that the “kidnappers” demanded the sum of N5 million for the release of their “victim”.

The spokesman said that the command swung into action after receiving the complaint.

He said detectives of the command began a discreet investigation into the matter.

He said that the detectives located a hideout where the “victim” and another lady in the video as well as two other people were found living freely together.

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He said further investigation revealed that another lady, who was a professional make-up artist, was hired to make the video to look real.

According to him, the four suspects have made confessional statements and will be arraigned at the conclusion of investigation.

He said the Command’s Commissioner, CP Adegoke Fayoade, urged the residents of the state to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities round them to the nearest security agency.

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