The 19-year-old girl who planned her kidnap with a friend, Ifeoluwa Ogunbanjo, reportedly provided a location and used her friend’s phone to contact her parents. According to Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, the suspects were arrested on July 13 following a report by the father of the teenager.
“On July 7, at about 5pm, Adilewa Taiwo of 3, Kosumi Lane, Bello-Ketu, Lagos, reported at Ketu Police Station that he received a call from phone number 09057432362.
“He was told that his daughter, Dorcas Adilewa, was being held hostage and that if he does not want her killed, he should pay a ransom of N600, 000 to secure her release. Investigation into the case was immediately commenced and the above phone number that was used by the suspects was geo-located to Ijebu-Igbo area of Ogun State.
“The O/C Anti-Kidnapping led his operatives to Ijebu-Igbo on July 12 and combed the area in search of the supposed victim till the following morning.
“While the search was ongoing at Ijebu-Igbo, the location of the supposed kidnappers changed to Ikotun in Lagos and the search party had to move from Ijebu-Igbo to Ikotun to rescue the victim.
“When the fake kidnappers realized that the police were closing in on them, the supposed victim decided to call the complainant to inform him that she has been released, after she had deposited the sum of N8, 000 in her UBA account number 2087804991″ Edgal said.
Imohimi said that when the teenager was being debriefed upon her release, she confessed that she actually planned the fake kidnap with her friend, one Ogunbanjo.
However Adilewa claimed that she needed the money to sponsor herself through school, adding that she was seeking admission into the university.
“I worked with a betting company but I was owed my three-month salary. I stopped going to school when my aunt died. But I was able to write JAMB this year. I needed the money to sponsor myself through school because my father was no longer working and my uncle doesn’t assist.
“The truth is that my friend is innocent. She did not know about my plan. I went to her house at Ijebu on Thursday and I left on Friday. It was while in her house that I called my father with her phone to tell him I was kidnapped and that they were demanding N600, 000.
“My friend did not know I called my father and I did not tell her I was kidnapped. I used her phone because I did not have airtime in mine. When I called my dad, he said I should stay there, that he would see to it” the teenager said.
20-year-old Ogunbayo on her own part, claimed that her mom is an imbecile and she needed to get back home.
“I know nothing about this. She is my friend and she came to my house for a visit. She called and said she was kidnapped and that she was at my bus stop at Ijebu-Igbo.
“She said I should come and pick her, which I went because I considered her to be my friend not knowing I was going to be implicated by her intended actions. I am not aware of her plans; I just accommodated her as a friend. My mum also welcomed her. I asked her how it all happened and she said, she entered a Toyota Camry in Epe so when she escaped she came to Ijebu-Igbo straight.
“So, later on she asked for my phone to make a call and I gave it to her. I did not know she went outside and made a call to her father demanding a ransom.
“The next day, my mum gave her N500 transport to go back home. She called her dad to send her transport, her dad sent her N8, 000 and she did not inform me. I was implicated because it was my phone she used to make the call.”