Police in Ekiti State have arrested a lady, Mary Idris, for allegedly faking her own kidnap on August 9, with a view to extorting money from her parents.
Mary was arrested alongside her accomplice Victor Olawuse in Akure, the Ondo State capital, shortly after her younger sister received a message conveying news of her alleged kidnap and demand for a ransom to be paid.
Mary was paraded on Wednesday, August 19 alongside 17 others for various crimes ranging from robbery, self kidnapping, cultism, burglary to rape.
The alleged criminals consisted of 7 armed robbery suspects, two females inclusive, 3 suspects of burglary and stealing, 5 cultists, two self kidnappers and a rapist.
Ekiti state Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo who was represented by the state Police Public Relations Officer Sunday Abutu during the parade, said;
Mary’s mother came to our station and reported that her daughter, Mary Idris, left home on August 9, at about 4pm and never returned.
She said all efforts to reach her daughter via phone calls proved abortive. After a while, the younger sister of the suspect received a message through her phone that Mary had been kidnapped and demanded ransom to be paid.
The command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives tracked the phone number that sent the message to Akure, Ondo State, where Mary was arrested alongside her accomplice, Victor Olawuse.
Mary confessed to the crime and also revealed that she arranged the kidnap because her parents were not taking care of her.