A teenager who arranged a kidnap of himself with the aim of diverting his master’s Five hundred thousand naira (N500,000), has been arrested up by police detectives in Ogun State.
Also arrested for alleged complicity in the pseudo kidnap saga were two friends of the principal suspect, who acted as members of a kidnap-for-ransom syndicate.
Adeboye Micheal, 18, was said to have been sent to bank by his master, Oluwoju Ojo Abiodun, to deposit the said sum but thereafter decided to do away with the money and went further to make further demand of another N500,000 through an arranged kidnap.
To accomplish his mission, it was gathered that, Michael contacted Nafiu Ojo and Abdullahi Lawal, who both acted as kidnappers.
While this was going on, the principal suspect, apparently convinced that the deal was flawless, lodged in a hotel with two girls, playing, ‘big boy’ with his master’s money.
Bubble later burst when his master, Oluwoju Ojo Abiodun, made for Oke-Itoku Police Division in Abeokuta and narrated how he sent his apprehentice, Michael, to bank with the said sum, only to be stunned by the news of his ‘kidnap’ , a few hours later, with the men behind the scene claiming to have collected the money from him, and made an additional demand of N500,000 to make up their N1million ransom.
According to a press release by the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, after a preliminary investigation by men of Oke-Itoku Police Station, the case was transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) in Eleweran, whose technical-based investigation trailed and apprehended Michael’s collaborators on December 13, 2018.
“On interrogation, they narrated how Micheal contracted them to act as kidnappers and put a call through to his boss in order to make away with the #500,000 in his possession.Upon their confession, the said Adeboye Micheal ‘m’ was subsequently arrested. He made a confessional statement that he only lodged in a hotel with two girls where he squandered the said sum. The leftover of #120,000, being part of the money, was recovered from him” the PPRO said.
Oyeyemi hinted that, shortly before the arrests of Nafiu and Abdullahi “Michael, apparently sensing that their game was up, emerged from the blues and started giving cock and bull stories of his fake abduction, unknown to him that the Anti-” Kidnapping detectives were already close to arresting the them.
He said that Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, had directed that the suspect be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction as soon as investigation was concluded.