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.