By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The ploy by a 19-year-old girl identified as Dorcas Adilewa to raise the sum of N600,000 ransom from her father by masterminding her kidnap, has landed her and an accomplice in police net in Lagos.
The suspect, arrested with her accomplice, Ifeoluwa Ogunbanjo 20 years, had told her mother that she was travelling to see a friend in Ogun state before calling her father with Ifeoluwa’s phone number requesting for the ransom.
According to Dorcas, the decision to plot her own kidnap was fuelled by the desire to raise money to further her eduacation and also help her mother repay a loan she had collected from a coorporative.
The suspect who was paraded by the Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal at the Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja on Monday said, ” I went to Ifeoluwa’s place and i had borrowed money from my mum to transport myself there. It was because of the sitiation in my family that led me into plotting my own kidnap. My father has liver problem and My mum had collected a loan from corporative which she has been finding difficult to repay.
” My aunty who had alaways come to the rescue of my family had died recently. She was the person seeing me through school. I had written Jamb to enable me farther my education and also needed money to persue my adimission. Even where i was working with Bet Naija, I was owed there month salary.
” I had called my uncle to seek for financial help which he turned down. This was why i devised the strategy to pretend i had been kidnapped to help raise money to help my mother repay her loan. I had called my friend that i was coming. The plan was to stay at her place, call my father that i was kidnapped and request for N600, 000 as ransom to help mum repay her loan.
” I knew if my uncle heard I was kidnapped, he will definately raise the money for the ransom. But unfortunarely, I was arrested.”
Speaking on how the suspects were arrested, Edgal said the father of Dorcas, Adilewa Taiwo of No.3, Kosumi Lane, Bello-Ketu, Lagos had reported at Ketu police station that on July 12th, 2018 at about 3pm his daughter had called to informed him of her kidnap.
The state Police Boss said, “Her father was at Odogbolu in Ogun State attending a burial rite when he received a call from phone number 09057432362 telling him that, his daughter, Dorcas Adilewa was being held hostage by them and that if he does not want her killed, he should pay a ransom of the sum of N600,OOO to secure her release.
” The case was immediately transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Section, SCIID, Panti for discreet investigation.
Investigation into the case was immediately commenced and the above phone number that was used by the suspects was geo-located to Ijebu-Igbo area of Ogun State.
” The O/C Anti-Kidnapping led his operatives to Ijebu-Igbo and combed the area in search of the supposed victim while the search was ongoing at Ijebu-Igbo, the location of the supposed kidnappers changed to Ikotun in Lagos and the search party had to move from Ijebu-Igbo to IKotun in Lagos to rescue the victim.”
Edgal revealed that when the fake kidnappers realized that the Police were closing in on them, Dorcas decided to call her father to inform him that she has been released, after he had deposited the sum of Eight thousand (N8,OOO.00) naira in her UBA’s account number: 2087804991.
” When the said Dorcas Adilewa was being debriefed upon her release, she confessed by revealing that, she actually planned with her friend, one Ifeoluwa Ogunbanjo who provided her with accommodation at No. 174, Adeboye road, Okesopin, Ijebu Igbo in Ogun State to hide and the phone that they used in demanding for the ransom of N600, 000. Her reason was to extort money from her father,” he said.
Teelling her own side of the story, Ifeoluwa denied any involvement in the henioue crime.
She said, ” Dorcas called me on Thursday, July 12th to say she was at my bustop at Ijebu-Ugbo in Ogun State. I asked why she didnt call me befire coming and she then told me she was kidanpped and taken to Akure and that she had escaped and decided to come to my place to recupurate.
” When my mother heard her story, she insisted Dorcas passed the night and continue he journey the next day. That night, Dorcas requested for my phone which i gave her to make a call. She went outside to make the call and when she returened the phine, she had deleted all the dailed calls.
” I didnt know she had called hee Father saying she was kidnapped and demanding fir ranson. She used a day to carry out the whole act. I have only known her for six months from the church and didnt kniw she was capable of such. She just implicated me.”
Edgal further stated that Investigation is in progress and on completion, suspects will be charged to court accordingly.