A housewife has been arrested by the Enugu State Police for planning & staging her own kidnap, then demanding the sum of N200, 000 from her husband Marcus Chukwu as ransom.
Her partner, a commercial motorcyclist who was also connected in the staging her kidnap Chikwe Tochukwu has also been arrested.
It was gathered that the husband Marcus, a native of Agbogugu in Awgu local Government Area of Enugu State, had received a call from his wife, Nancy Chukwu, claiming that she had been kidnapped by unknown gunmen and that her kidnappers were demanding the sum of two hundred thousand naira.
Marcus was thereby given an account number where the said ransom is to be paid, rather than pay the ransom he reported the matter to the anti-kidnap unit of the police.
The Enugu State DSP, Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed stated that investigations conducted revealed that Tochukwu of Amakwe Okeremiri Aboh Mbaise in Imo state, residing at Agbogugu was the brain behind the stage managed kidnap, which was aimed at extorting the woman’s husband.
Tochukwu who confessed to the police said he is an okada rider that usually carries the woman, Nancy home anytime she is returning from market, adding that Nancy lured her into the crime.
He went on to confess that while he was together with Nancy, sounded like a kidnapper on phone who was already holding Nancy under captivity, and demanded that the sum of two hundred thousand naira be paid as a ransom to the account number provided, which he also claimed belonged to his friend Chikwado.
Nancy also confessed to the crime, saying she never knew what came over her to have acted in such manner.
“A full scale investigations into the alleged incident has intensified”, Amaraizu further stated.