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Police arrests 18-year-old girl for faking own kidnap with boyfriend, demanding N30 million

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Police have arrested 18-year-old Ujunwa Offiah, for allegedly conspiring with her boyfriend, Blessed Ifesinachi, to fake her own kidnap and demand N30 million ransom from her family.

She was arrested along with another alleged accomplice, Precious Chukwu, 22-year-old, as the ransom money was being dropped, police said.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, while parading the suspects at the command headquarters on Monday, said the principal suspect, Ifesinachi, was at large.

Odumosu said, “This is a case of conspiracy and staged kidnapping, and the man at the centre of this case, who happens to be a Uber driver, is still at large. We are going after him because he conspired with one of these two ladies, Offiah, who faked her kidnap.

“He cleverly used the phone of another girlfriend, Precious (Chukwu), to contact Offiah’s family, informing them that their daughter had been kidnapped.

“He requested N30 million from Offiah’s family to get her freed and during negotiations, which involved the police, they settled for N700,000. While the money was being dropped, we took action and in the process arrested Offiah and Precious.”

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