A 17-year-old Senior High student was arrested for impersonating a kidnapping in order to extort money from his mother.
The Abia State Police Command apprehended Obinna Nwatu, a SHS 3 student, after he admitted to arranging his own kidnapping.
Obinna Nwatu claims he staged his kidnapping in order to extract money from his stingy mother, Mrs. Rose Nwatu.
CP Janet Agbede, the Commissioner of Police in Abia State, confirmed the arrest and stated that the kidnapping was reported by the suspect’s brother, Wisdom Nwatu.
“Wisdom Nwatu reported to the police that his younger brother has been kidnapped. He told the police that his brother was kidnapped along Stadium road, Okpuala Ngwa by unknown hoodlums operating with ash colour Sienna, with registration number unknown, when he went to buy recharge card.
However, after investigation, the Anti-kidnapping unit of the Command arrested one Chinaza Favour Ukaigwe whose bank account was used to receive a ransom of Two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) only. Chinaza Favour Ukaigwe told the police after arrest that Obinna Nwatu faked his own kidnap.
Obinna and one Favour Ugorji a.k.a. “Wizzy” approached him at his shop at Aba Road Abia State and requested that he should give his bank account to enable them use and receive the school fees of their young sister. The investigation further revealed that Obinna Nwatu and Ugorji received through the account the sum of two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) paid in as a ransom by Mrs. Rose Nwatu.
Obinna Nwatu admitted that he was not kidnapped. He colluded with Favour Ugorji to go into hiding at a motel along Rhema University Road Aba, according to CP Janet Agbede.
Obinna Nwatu is being held by the police, while his accomplice Favour, also known as Wizzy, is on the run.