A 15-year-old boy has been arrested by the Plateau state police command, after staging his own kidnap and demanding N500,000 as a ransom.
The suspect was paraded in Jos on Thursday, saying: “I was the one who initiated the plan and not my friends. I wanted my father to give me money for clothes and to also celebrate my graduation.”
The command’s Commissioner of Police, Plateau Command, Isaac Akinmoyede, said five persons were arrested in a case of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping, including the suspect, who staged his own kidnap.
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The CP revealed that the suspect’s father, Jerry Vichi, had on July 19 reported at ‘A’ Division, Jos that his son, working as an apprentice at a motor vehicle electrical wiring shop, did not return home after the day’s job.
He said that he received a phone call from a hidden number informing him that his son had been kidnapped and taken away from Jos.
“The father said that the caller demanded N500,000 ransom and threatened the boy’s life,” he said.
According to the police boss, “We have arrested 11 notorious kidnap suspects and a syndicate responsible for the recent kidnap at Plateau State Polytechnic Staff quarters, Haipang, Zawan and other places in Jos South Local Government Area.
“We have also arrested two suspects in a case of threat to life and kidnapping at Bokkos Local Government Area and another for criminal activities, armed robbery and allegedly belonging to an unlawful society, with a locally-made pistol and two live ammunition recovered.
“Three suspects for culpable homicide and cult-related offences were also arrested for shooting one Chinedu Okoye dead at Chorbe junction in Jos North Local Government Area, while other armed robbery suspects were also apprehended,” he explained.