…demands N10m from employer
26-year-old lady, Ataghar Namdoo, has been arrested by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Lagos State Command, for allegedly faking her own abduction.
On January 9, Namdoo allegedly conspired with her boyfriend, Emmanuel Idu, and another man, Okpe David, to produce a video of herself, blindfolded and driven to a bush at Sangotedo area of Ajah, a suburb of the Lagos metropolis.
In the video, a man was seen wearing a mask and holding a Jack knife, threatening to kill Namdoo.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said in a statement yesterday that the two men sent two videos to the employer of the lady with a threat to kill her and to also go after the family of the employer if a ransom of N10 million was not paid.
Elkana said, frightened by the threat in the videos and the follow up calls, the said employer, who was into Fleet business, reported the case to the police.
He added: “On the receipt of the case, the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to carry out an in depth investigation into the case.
“The videos were thoroughly analysed alongside other vital leads. A well-coordinated operation was put in place which led to the successful rescue of the self-arranged victim of the abduction and the arrest of one of the two suspects, David.”
The PPRO said the command had taken steps to verify the claim made by David that he is military officer.
Police, according to him, have also launched a manhunt for the second male suspect, Idu, who is on the run.
When interrogated, David confessed to the commission of the crime.
The suspect said he provided the truck used in driving Namdoo to the bush.
David also admitted he did the video recordings sent to the lady’s employer.
He said: “The three suspects all came from Benue State and have known each other for so many years. Both the lady and the man, when arrested, confessed to the crime and that there aim was to extort money from the girl’s employer which they intend to share among themselves.”
Elkana, however, said it was a criminal offence for anyone to fake his or her abduction.
According to him, under the Lagos State laws, the offender, upon conviction, is liable to 14 years imprisonment.
Elkana said the suspects would be charged to court soon.