Chiwendu Udensi, a female student of the Imo State University (IMSU), has been arrested by the Rivers State Police Command for allegedly faking her own kidnap to extort money from parents.
The Command, in a statement posted on its Facebook wall, said the Imo State-born student had plotted with her boyfriend to kidnap herself and demand a ransom of N6 million from the parents.
While parading the suspect, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Francis Odesanya said Udensi was exposed when she sent one of her accomplices to pick the ransom on Obiri Ikerre flyover at Obio/Akpor, Port Harcourt, with the arrest of the picker.
“On November 6 about 4pm, Chinwendu Udensi, a female student of Imo State University, was allegedly kidnapped by gunmen in Imo State.
The kidnappers called her parents and demanded N6 million ransom. Men of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit led by Ben Igweh, set a bait for them and as they went to pick the money on Obiri Ikwerre flyover in the company of the victim, they were arrested.
It was later discovered that the victim connived with them and arranged her kidnap to extort money from her parents,” CP Odesanya said.
The suspect who claimed to be a student of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, admitted the crime, saying she decided on the scheme because her father is very wealthy but stingy and does not give her enough money for her upkeep.
“Nothing much happened. I wanted to collect money from my family, so I faked my kidnap. I did it to continue my schooling.
I’m not happy about my present condition because I never thought it will be like this. I sincerely apologize to my family for the trauma I might have caused them in a bid to extort money from them for my project and other requirements.
To my friends out there, my advice is that they should not involve themselves in such a crime.”
The Commissioner of Police added that Udensi, as well as her accomplices, would be charged to court as soon as the police conclude investigations.