Police Arrest Kaduna Pastor Who Staged His Own Kidnap


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The police in Kaduna state says James Clement, a pastor, who allegedly kidnapped himself and sought N5 million ransom from his family has been arrested.

Yakubu Sabo, police spokesman of the state, in statement on Wednesday, said George Otokpa, who conspired with Clement to get the ransom, was also arrested.

He said the duo were nabbed by operatives of the police anti-kidnapping unit on Monday.

”Clement falsely claimed to have been kidnapped while Otokpa engaged his family to negotiate for ransom while in their hideout,” he said.

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“On 27th January, 2020 at about 19:17hrs, one Pastor James Clement ‘m’ 39yrs of Nasarawa Tirkaniya Kaduna and George Otokpa ‘m’ of No. 23 Aleri Water by Sarki Street Kudandan in Chikun L.G.A, were arrested by the Operatives of the Command’s Anti–Kidnapping Unit for allegedly conspiring, faking the kidnapping of the 1st suspect and demanded the payment of N5 million as ransom from his own family through text messages using the 2nd suspect as the negotiator.”

According to Sabo, two members of Clement’s family had made a complaint about his purported abduction which invariably led to the arrest.

“Clement was tracked and arrested at his hideout where he hid himself, falsely claimed being kidnapped and conspired with his friend George Otokpa to engage his family in negotiation for ransom,” the statement added.

The police spokesman said the suspects were being interrogated and would be charged to court upon completion of investigation.


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