The Niger State police command has arrested a 31-year-old woman, Sadiya Ibrahim Umar, alongside her husband, Mohammed Mohammed, over alleged conspiracy and self-kidnapping.
DSP Wasiu Abiodun, spokesperson of the command, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Minna, the state capital, said the couple who are residents of Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state, were arrested on July 22, in Limawa area of Minna metropolis.
Abiodun said Sadiya was reported to have been kidnapped on July 15, along the Old Airport Road in Minna after closing from work.
“On 15/07/2021 at about 1200hrs, the said Sadiya was reported to have been kidnapped by unknown person(s) having boarded a tricycle at Challenge junction, Maitumbi in Bosso Local Government Area of the State going to Old Airport road Minna after closing from work at Umar Bin Khattab International School Maitumbi”, he stated.
“On 16/07/2021, the father of the said Sadiya Ibrahim Umar was contacted by an unknown caller demanding for N5million ransom which was later reduced to N1million and was dropped at a location in Rafin-Yashi, within the council area (Bosso LGA) on the outskirts Minna for the anonymous caller”.
He stated further that Sadiya re-surfaced on July 21, and was invited by the Police for questioning.
“During interrogation by the Police, she confessed to having conspired with her husband ‘Mohammed’ the first suspect to fake her kidnap and she was taken to Nugupi village via Paiko in Paikoro Local Government Area of the state, where she was kept by her husband at his friend’s place”, he stated.
According to him, the suspect’s husband confessed to have given his mobile phone to a friend named Abdullahi who negotiated and collected the ransom.
The command’s spokesperson noted that the case is still under investigation by police operatives attached to the SCID, Minna, while effort is ongoing to arrest Abdullahi.
He assured that the suspects will be arraigned in court soon.
“This is the third of its kind in recent times where such crimes were faked, assuring that “the Police will always be on top of every situation to guarantee security of lives and properties of Nigerlites.”