An 18-year-old girl has been arrested by the Nigerian Police Force in Lagos for allegedly faking her kidnap and demanded N30 million ransom from her family.

Ujunwa Offiah was reported to have conspired with her boyfriend to stage her abduction, asking her family for ransom.

The police said the accused was arrested along with another accomplice, 22-year-old Precious Chukwu, as the ransom money was being dropped.

“This is a case of conspiracy and staged kidnapping,” Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, said.

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

“We are going after him because he conspired with one of these two ladies, Offiah, who faked her kidnap.”

Odumosu said that the ransom was reduced to N700,000 after negotiation.

The police in Lagos on Tuesday has arrested over 500 suspects for their involvement in last week’s violence.

The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu revealed that during the chaos in the state, six policemen and four others were reported dead.

He added that more than 35 police officers were injured; 16 police stations were touched and 13 vandalised by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests.

Among those arrested were those who allegedly participated in the burning of Oyingbo BRT buses and Television Continental (TVC) offices.

The six policemen killed are Assistant Superintendent Yard Edward, attached to Denton Police Station; Inspector Olayinka Erinfolami of the defunct Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU); Inspector Adegbenro Aderibigbe, attached to Meiran Division, Sergeant Abejide Abiodun of Department of Operations (DOPs), State Headquarters and two others attached to Orile Division.

Odumosu said 58 police vehicles were burnt and 13 vandalised; 62 vehicles belonging to individuals and those connected with some pending cases (exhibits) were burnt and nine other vehicles vandalised by the hoodlums in police premises.

The Commissioner of Police said 15 motorcycles and tricycles were torched and 65 vandalised at various locations within the state.

“Thirteen formations were vandalised, among which were Ojo and Ojodu Stations. Police posts burnt include Cele, llogbo-Elerin, Shibiri, defunct Anti-Cultism office, Gbagada; defunct SARS Office Onilekere, Makoko, Daleko, Ashamu, Makinyo, Amuwo-Odofin; defunct Anti-Kidnapping Office, Surulere and old SARS Office Ajegunle.

“During the unrest, the police posts that were vandalised by the hoodlums included PPL, Mowo, Morogbo, Ikota and Mawa police posts.

“Some private facilities, as well as other investments that were partly torched and vandalised/looted, include the Oba of Lagos’ Palace; Television Continental (TVC) at Ikosi-Ketu; Access Bank, GTBank and Ebeano Supermarket at Victoria Island; The Nation office at Fatai Atere Street, Mushin; Shoprite Malls at Ajah, LTV 8, Alausa, Ikeja, Surulere; Samsung outlet at Apple Roundabout, Festac; Shoprite at Festac, Samsung Office Oyingbo, etc.

“However, some of the looted items from these outlets/offices have been recovered.

“Based on these incidences, the command was able to arrest a total of 520 suspects for various offences ranging from arson, robbery, murder, rioting, malicious damage, and unlawful possession of firearms,” Odumosu said.