Teenager fakes own kidnap to become actress in Ekiti
*** Demands N500,000 ransom from family
The Police in Ekiti State have arrested a 16-year-old girl and three accomplices for faking her own kidnap and demanding ransom from her parents.
Police spokesman, Sunday Abutu, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday that the suspects were arrested on Thursday at their hotel hideout.
Abutu said the supposed victim admitted that she conspired with those arrested to actualise her dream of becoming an actress as against studying medicine, which was her mother’s choice.
He explained that the girl said she conspired with the others to raise money from her family members to enable her to relocate from Ekiti State to pursue her dream.
“She said she did it since her mother had insisted that she goes through medical field as against her dream of becoming an actress,” Abutu said.
Abutu said one Bolaji Femi of Bawa Estate, Ado-Ekiti reported to the police on Tuesday that her sister, who left home for school at Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti on Monday, did not return home.
She told the police that an unknown person picked a call made to her phone and confirmed that she was in the custody of kidnappers.
The “unknown person” said the supposed victim would not be released until a ransom of N500,000 was paid to a particular bank account.
Abutu said the police tracked the owner of the bank account and he was arrested.
He said the account owner, who is a friend to the girl’s boyfriend, led operatives to a hotel in Ado-Ekiti, where the supposed victim, her boyfriend and one other accomplice were apprehended.