Police Arrest LAWMA Officials For Faking Kidnap

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The Police State Command in Lagos have arrested two employees of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) for allegedly faking a kidnap and collecting N150,000 as ransom.

A 29-year-old suspect, in cahoots with his colleague, travelled to Lugbe in Abuja where he made a video of himself in captivity, police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin revealed in a statement on Friday.

Mr Hundeyin said that detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command carried out the arrest after a painstaking investigation on the suspects.

He said that the suspect informed his 32-year-old co-worker of his plan and they demanded N5 million ransom but got N150,000 after extensive negotiation before they were arrested.

“Investigations revealed that the first suspect, who was arrested in Abuja conspired with the second suspect to self-stage his kidnap and made the video that was sent to the co-worker for ransom.

“The first suspect also confessed to have shared the ransom equally with the second suspect and used his share in acquiring a generator and other items for himself.

“Suspects will be arraigned in court at the conclusion of investigations,” he said.

Mr Hundeyin reassured Lagos residents that perpetrators of crimes would not go undetected and unpunished.

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