In a bid to curb the growing menace of self-kidnapping, the Nigeria Police Force has issued a stern warning to the public, emphasizing that such acts are punishable offenses under the law.
Vanguard reported the caution comes in the wake of several incidents where individuals staged their own abductions with the intent of extorting money from unsuspecting family members and communities.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, highlighted the gravity of the situation in a statement, urging citizens to refrain from engaging in these criminal activities due to the legal consequences associated with them.
Recent cases of self-kidnapping have been reported in various locations, leading to arrests in both Lagos and Abuja.
“The husband, Doubara David Yabrifa, a 53-year-old technician, and the wife Regina Yabrifa, a 48-year-old body massager and bone setter, were apprehended after a family member reported the purported kidnapping.
“The couple confessed to planning the self-kidnap to raise N3 million to purchase a property in Badagry, Lagos. The husband justified the act, citing financial difficulties and lack of support from relatives.
“Both were arrested and subsequently charged to court.