A student of Delta State University named Belynda Chinwe Bosa needed cash so she kidnapped herself to extort money from her parents.
The unfortunate girl was ‘kidnapped’ with the help of her boyfriend and his brother in December as she was travelling from Lagos to Abraka in Delta State. Her abductors were supposed to demand a ransom of N500, 000.00 but got greedy and upped it to N10 million.
The boyfriend, who was also arrested, confessed to the crime, lamenting that he came from overseas and that both of them wanted to use the money to settle down by renting a flat, equip it and use part of the money to start a business in Nigeria.
The geniuses were caught when operatives of Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Asaba, swung into action and arrested one America Sunday Ogagawotu at Oyiobo, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, after withdrawing the ransom money which was paid into his Ecobank account in Port-Harcourt.
Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Alkali Baba Usman, when contacted over the incident revealed that the victim, on leaving Lagos went to her boyfriend, one George Itietie at Port-Harcourt where herself, the said Itietie and America Sunday Ogagawatu planned to inform her parents that she was kidnapped so as to extort money from her parents.
He further disclosed that the victim got N100, 000.00 as her own share from the ransom of N500, 000.00 paid by her parents just as he claimed the trio of Ogagawatu, Itietie and Chinwe have confessed to the crime and are helping the police in investigation.