A 20-year-old girl, Tohebat Adebayo, who allegedly planned her own kidnap and demanded N200,000 as ransom from her parents, has been arrested by the Ogun State police command.
The girl, according to a release by the command’s spokesman, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, in Abeokuta yesterday, said in connivance with her 30-year-old boyfriend, Afolabi Ogunremi, Adebayo was reportedly kidnapped in Lafenwa area of Abeokuta, the state capital.
The girl’s parents reported the disappearance of the girl to the police, saying that the girl left home to the market but did not return home only for them to be called on phone by an unknown man who informed them that their daughter had been kidnapped.
“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the area, Kayode Ayilara, led his detectives on a technical investigation of the case, which led them to an abandoned house inside the GRA, Ibara area of Abeokuta, where the girl was being kept,” Oyeyemi said.
He added: “The discovery led to the arrest of Adebayo who happened to be the security man in the house. The suspect claimed to be the boyfriend of the girl and that they both planned to simulate her kidnap in order to raise money for her forthcoming birthday from the parents.”
According to Oyeyemi, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the Anti-kidnapping and Cultists unit of the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation. The commissioner also advised parents to train their children properly so that they would not become embarrassment to them later.