The Lagos state police have arrested a man named Ufom Udoh for staging his own kidnap in a bid to collect N60M ransom from his brother.
Spokesman for the Lagos state police, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the arrest on Thursday. According to him, Victor Udoh reported to the command that his younger brother, Ufom Edet Udoh, was kidnapped by unknown persons at Liverpool in Apapa area of Lagos state.
The case was then taken up by the Anti-Kidnapping unit and the unit traced the calls which led to the arrest of one Paul Okiemute.
Okiemute, upon questioning, confessed that Udoh staged his own kidnap to collect money from his elder brother, to solve his financial problems.
Famous Cole said: “Udoh was not kidnapped at all. It was all a planned attempt to stage his own kidnap so that he can be paid N60m ransom by his elder brother.
“The suspect said he made calls to the victim’s elder brother with an unknown number, demanding a ransom of N60m. Ufom Edet Udoh was later picked up and he confessed to the crime.
“He confessed to having checked into a hotel at Iyana-Ipaja area on July 3, where he spent three nights without food and water, hoping to cash the money.’
Fatai Owoseni, spokesman to the police said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State has ordered the suspects to be charged to court “to serve as a deterrent to others who may want to cause a breach of the peace in Lagos State.”