Officers of Ogun state Police Command have arrested 18-year-old apprentice, Adeboye Michael, for allegedly faking his own kidnap in order to swindle his boss of N500,000 meant to be deposited in a bank.
Michael was said to have lodged himself in a hotel and squandered the money on girls.
The apprentice was arrested alongside his friends, Nafiu Ojo and Abdullahi Lawal, who were said to have posed as his abductors and demanded N1m ransom.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement in Abeokuta on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested following a complaint by Michael’s boss, Oluwoju Abiodun, at the Oke-Itoku Police Station.
The PPRO stated that the intention of the suspects was to extort money from Abiodun.
Oyeyemi said Michael’s boss went to the police station and reported that he sent his apprentice to a bank to deposit the sum of N500,000 in his account, only for him to receive a call some hours after that the young man had been kidnapped and that he (Abiodun) should provide the sum of N1m for his release.
The PPRO, Abiodun stated that the supposed kidnappers told him that he only needed to pay them the balance since the sum of N500,000 he asked Michael to deposit in the bank had already been collected.
Oyeyemi added, “Upon the report, the case was transferred to the anti-kidnapping section in Eleweran after a preliminary investigation at Oke-Itoku.
“The men of the anti-kidnapping section subsequently embarked on a technical investigation and when the suspects discovered that their game would soon be up, the supposed victim emerged with different stories on his fake abduction.
“Unknown to him the police were on the trail of his so-called abductors; two days after, the duo of Nafiu Ojo and Abdullahi Lawal were tracked down and apprehended on December 13, 2018.
“Upon interrogation, they narrated how Adeboye Michael contracted them to act as kidnappers and put a call through to his boss in order to make away with the N500,000 in his possession.