The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Ufom Udoh for allegedly staging his kidnap and demanding the sum of N60m from his family.
Udoh was said to have carried out the act in Apapa area of the state.
It was learnt that one Victor Udoh, had reported at the police command that his younger brother was kidnapped by unknown persons.
The Command’s spokesperson, Olarinde Famous-Cole said following the complaint, operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit were drafted into the matter.
Famous-Cole revealed that the unit traced all calls the complainant got on his phone, adding that it led to the arrest of one Paul Okiemute, who reported the case at Udoh’s workplace.
He said that upon interrogation, Okiemute confessed that Udoh staged his own kidnap because he needed money from his elder brother.
Famous-Cole said: “Udoh was not kidnapped. It was all planned. He staged his own kidnap so that his elder brother can pay ransom.”
“The suspect said he made calls to the victim’s elder brother with an unknown number demanding a ransom of N60 million.
“Udoh was later picked up and he confessed to the crime. He said he had checked into a hotel at Iyana-Ipaja area on July 3, where he spent three nights without food and water.
“The suspect said he later trekked to Ifo area in Ogun state, only to return to Lagos looking frail for his story to look convincing.”
The Command’s spokesperson further disclosed that the State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that Udoh and his accomplice be charged to court.