Police authorities in Ogun state of Nigeria have arrested Edward Okache, a 23-year-old man who allegedly faked his abduction.
He did so with the intention of extorting N10 million from his parents.
According to the police officers, they arrested Okache along with four other people. The police Officials of Ogun identified his accomplices as Asamoah Ernest, Isiah Uti, Ephraim Anyijor, and Charity Lukpata. Reportedly, they also took part in the abduction.
When the news of Edward Okache’s abduction reached his family, his sister Comfort Okache, called the Mowe Divisional Headquarters to report the incident. Comfort says her younger brother travelled from Calabar to Lagos when he was kidnapped. He was abducted around the Mowe area of Ogun State of Nigeria.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, police spokesperson in Ogun, informed that the kidnappers demanded N10 million before Mr Okache’s release.
On receiving the report, Folake Afeniforo, the DPO of the Mowe division, mobilised the division’s tactical teams to the area.
According to the police spokesperson, “Upon painstaking and enduring combing the surrounding bush at Orimerunmu area, the police saw the victim. He was in an uncompleted building with Asamoah Ernest, a Ghanaian, and Isiah Uti; The victim was tied in both hands and legs.”
The police apprehended the two alleged culprits and rescued the victim.
However, when the police officials reached the station, the arrested culprits revealed to the police officials that the “so-called victim” was, in reality, the mastermind of the abduction.
The arrested “suspect” boys told the police officials that the “victim” had hatched the plan of his abduction. He did so to extort money from his parents to invest in an online business.
Additionally, they revealed that they met Edward Okache through Anyijor and Lukpata. Both the boys are residents of the Yala Local Government Area of Cross River.
All five boys have confessed to committing the crime.