I staged my kidnap to raise money for my husband – Suspect reveals

A woman identified as Yemi Samuel, has been arrested by Kwara State police for faking her own kidnap to get funds for her husband. 

Yemi revealed to newsmen that she had wanted to make her family members pay for her husband’s business as he was a pensioner with the Kogi State Government. 

She claimed that her husband’s pension had not been paid for years which made her desperate to help. 

Samuel further explained that family members who are financially bouyant have also refused to help them, hence reason for her arranged kidnapped.

She carried out her plan by leaving Kogi State to Ilorin where she meant to stay for the duration of the staged kidnap. She had rented a room from where she began to cry out to her family over the phone. 

“I did it to help my husband raise money to start a busines since the Kogi state government has refused to pay them and the family members are not helping either. I know the family members have money and they will raise the money if they tell them that I have been kidnapped.

I demanded for one million naira ransom (N1,000,000) but unfortunately I was arrested. I know I am guilty but I saw it as the only way to get money since I couldn’t secure job as a graduate of mathematics from UNIAB” she lamented.

The state commissioner of police, CP Kayode Egbetokun, who paraded the suspect alongside others, said Samuel hatched a self kidnapped scenario but was arrested at the Kulende, Sango area of Ilorin after she demanded for N5,000,000.

“She reduced the money to N1,000,000, effort was intensified and N500,000 was arranged by her husband, as well as family and well wishers. She directed them to take the money to Iluke town but she was arrested before the transaction could be effected. She would be arraigned in court soon,” the CP said.

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