Nigerian arrested for faking own kidnap

LAGOS (AFP) – An 18-year-old girl has been arrested in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos for allegedly faking her own kidnap to demand ransom from her family, police said yesterday.

Ujunwa Offiah is accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to stage her abduction, asking her family to pay USD79,336.

She was arrested along with another alleged accomplice, Precious Chukwu, 22, as the ransom money was being dropped, police said.

“This is a case of conspiracy and staged kidnapping,” state police commissioner Hakeem Odumosu said in a press statement.

Offiah’s boyfriend, an Uber driver and “the man at the centre of this case” is still on the run.