By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Two female friends are now cooling their feet in police cell in Lagos for stage-managing the kidnapping of one of them.
The duo, identified as Precious Chukwu, 22 and Ujunwa Offiah, 18 and one Ifesinaxhi Blessed, a 26 year old man, had conspired to stage the kidnapping of Ujunwa in order to collect ransom from her family.
Our correspondent gathered that the ladies, who are girlfriends to Ifesinaxhi, were arrested by detectives attached to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the Command.
According to report, Ifesinachi, who is currently on the run, had kept Ujunwa in a place, pretended to be a kidnapper and placed calls to the family of his supposed victim.
Ifesinachi, said to be an Uber driver, had demanded for N30 million ransom, which was reduced to N700,000 and paid before Ujunwa was released.
In the course of Investigation however, it was discovered that the kidnapping was staged, prompting the arrest of the suspects.
The police public relations officer SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi confirmed the incident in a release made available to journalists on Monday.
It reads “:In addition, the operatives attached to the State CID of the command have arrested the duo of Precious Chukwu, f, 22 and Ujunwa Offiah, f, 18, for conspiring with one Ifesinachi Blessed, m, 26, of Coker area Lagos State, to stage a kidnapping case. The duo are girlfriends to the mastermind, Ifesinachi, who is an UBER driver but presently at large.
The fleeing suspect, Ifesinachi, has kept Ujunwa at a place and placed calls across to her family that she had been kidnapped.
He pretended as a kidnapper and demanded for ransom of 30 million naira. They eventually negotiated, with the help of his other girlfriend, Precious Chukwu, and agreed to pay him #700,000 (seven hundred thousand naira only) before he “released” Ujunwa.
The police swung into action and later discovered that it was a staged kidnapping, and there were immediately arrested. The commissioner of Police Lagos State has ordered that the feeling suspect be arrested.”