Police in Niger arrest husband, wife for faking wife’s kidnap

Niger State Police Command has announced the arrest of two suspects who are husband and wife for allegedly faking wife’s kidnap

The Spokesman of the Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun stated this in a press statement issued and made available to Journalists on Friday in Minna.

Police in Niger arrest husband, wife for faking wife’s kidnap

According to the statement, the suspects identified as Mohammed Mohammed ‘M’ aged 35 years and Sadiya Ibrahim Umar, ‘F’ aged 31 years and both of Limawa Area of Minna in Chanchaga local government of the state adding that the couple were arrested by Police Operatives attached to SCID, Minna on 22/07/2021 at about 12:00hrs.

DSP Wasiu Abiodun, however, explained that “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.”

The statement added that 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.

It stated further that on 21/07/2021 at about 10: 00hrs, the said Sadiya re-surfaced and was invited by the Police for questioning, stressing that “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.”

Wasiu Abiodun, a Deputy Superintendent of Police ( DSP) said, the husband also confessed to have collected the wife’s phone( handset) and handed it over to one Abdullahi, his friend who negotiated and collected the ransom on his behalf.”

He however assured that the case was still under investigation by the Police Operatives attached to the SCID, Minna, while effort is ongoing to arrest the said Abdullahi, as of the time of filing this report on Friday in Minna, saying, “the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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