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Police arrest teenager over self-kidnap plot



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  • targets to defraud his mother N1.5m

Luck ran out of a polytechnic student in Niger State, Nigeria, who attempted to harass his mother that he has been kidnapped in a bid to reap N1.5 million from the plot.

National Daily gathered that the Police in Suleja, Niger State, arrested Atahiru Suleiman, 17 years of age, a student of a Polytechnic in the North, for allegedly faking his kidnap so as to defraud his mother of N1.5 million.

A police source was gathered to have disclosed that the mother had lodged a complaint with the Police about his son’s kidnap and that the ransom placed on him was N1.5 million. It was said that “the victim went into hiding, pretending to be in the custody of suspected kidnappers.”

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The Police had suspected that it was a con game because the mon­ey requested for ransom was too insignificant. The Police, then, embarked on an intensive search which yielded in the arrest of the suspect, Suleiman, along Kadu­na Road, who thereafter, admitted to the crime.

“The police laid a siege on where the suspect had asked them to bring the money through the mother of the suspect’s phone.

“The police had a big bag full of paper pretending to be money and left to Ka­duna Road by Zuma Rock,” it was disclosed.

The Police were said to have dropped the bag and pretended to leave the location. “Unaware that they were still around, the suspect came with a bike man to pick up the bag, and he was ap­prehended and taken to the police station,” a Police source narrated.

It was said that when the mother arrived the police station, she was amazed to know that his biological son was behind the kidnap.

The Area Commander of Suleja, ACP Paul Odama, was said to have confirmed the arrest adding that investigation was ongo­ing.