In The typical Man kidnaps himself scenario, the anti-kidnapping squad team has swooped in on a criminal who plotted his own kidnap in order to swindle his elder brother of a huge sum of money.
According to a report, the suspect, a 58-year old man identified as Ufon Edet Udoh, connived with a friend to stage the crime and in the process demanded the ransom of N60m from his elder brother identified as Victor Udoh.
As part of the plot, Udoh allegedly directed his accomplice identified as Paul Philip Okiemute to report his fake abduction to his boss at their workplace, as well as demand for the ransom. Unfortunately for them, his elder brother panicked and had the initiative to report the report the matter to the police that his brother was kidnapped by unknown persons at Liverpool in Apapa area of the state.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous Cole who confirmed the arrest said Victor Udoh reported the case on July 3, 2017.
Famous-Cole said men of the command’s anti-kidnapping squad, quickly swung into action and through phone calls, traced the suspect which led to the arrest of one Paul Philips Okiemute. He disclosed that during the police interrogation, the accomplice confessed that Udoh staged his own kidnap to collect money from his elder brother due to his financial problems.
When asked where he was during the period of negotiation, Ufom said:
“I checked into a hotel at Iyana-Ipaja area on July 3, where I spent three nights without food and water.
“This was to make me sound weak when speaking to my elder brother on the phone. Thereafter, I trekked to Ifo, Ogun State, before I returned to Lagos, looking frail, so as to convince my family members that I was actually kidnapped.”
On why he staged his own kidnap, he said he needed money from his elder brother to solve some financial problems, adding that his elder brother will ordinarily not have given him such a huge amount.
The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had ordered the suspects to be charged to court immediately.
In a similar fake kidnap case, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode approved the immediate suspension of the Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, Yusuf Ogundare, for faking his abduction.
The alleged fake kidnapping took place on July 5 along Centre for Management Development, CMD, Road in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of the State.
Mr. Ogundare was paraded by the Lagos State Police Command alongside his younger brother, Mohammed Adams, for conspiring to fake the alleged kidnap. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the Command received the report of Mr. Ogundare’s alleged kidnap, and immediately swung into action in collaboration with other security agencies especially the Department of State Service, DSS.
Explaining the incident in details, Mr. Owoseni said:
“On July 11 at about 10 p.m., a team of RRS patrol officers working around Alausa had sighted a vehicle drop a male adult in a suspicious manner close by Shoprite along the Secretariat road.
“While Ogundare was being debriefed, he sold a dummy that the kidnappers dropped him off but unknowingly to him, it had been found out that on the 5th of July, the day he was allegedly kidnapped in Lagos, investigation had revealed that he was driving around in Ibadan around Ashi; he went to Ilorin, he went to Iwo, he was just on a frolic.
“Unknowingly to him, his younger brother and his wife were being questioned and were actually in custody because of some discrepancies that were noticed in the interaction they had with security agencies, and in furtherance of the synergy existing between the Police and DSS, we jointly compared notes and our findings were such that the act of the chief was despicable and amounted to crying wolf where there is none.”
The police commissioner said the suspects later confessed to the crime after interrogation.