A 29-year-old man, Rafiu Rahaman, has been arrested by detectives of the State Criminal Investigation Department in Lagos for faking his own kidnap.
The suspect, a staff of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), is said to have traveled to Lugbe, Abuja, after faking his kidnap, where he made a video of himself in captivity, which was sent to his co-worker.
The spokesperson of the Lagos state police command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed Rahaman’s arrest in a statement, confirmed that his accomplice, Usman Sheidu, who demanded a five million naira ransom but got one hundred and fifty thousand naira after extensive negotiation, has equally been arrested.
“Investigations reveal that Usman Sheidu who was arrested in Abuja conspired with Rahaman to self-stage the kidnap and make the video that was sent to the co-worker for ransom. Usman also confessed to have shared the ransom equally with Rahaman and used his share in acquiring a generator and other items for himself. Suspects will be arraigned in court at the conclusion of investigations.” Hundeyin said.