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Police arrest couple, two others for self-kidnap in Lagos, Abuja, Plateau

The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi has revealed that a couple resident in Lagos State and two others resident in Abuja and Plateau states have been arrested and are currently being prosecuted for committing the crime of self-kidnap.

Adejobi who revealed this at the Force Headquarters Abuja in a Monday statement, said the Police have observed with dismay incidents of self kidnap to raise money.

Citing the couple and two other as examples, the Force Public Relations Officer said:

“In Lagos, a couple was arrested for alleged self-kidnapping scheme aimed at obtaining a N5 million ransom recently. The husband, Doubara David Yabrifa, a 53-year-old technician, and the wife Regina Yabrifa, a 48-year-old body massager and bone setter, were apprehended after a family member reported the purported kidnapping.

“The couple confessed to planning the self-kidnap to raise N3 million to purchase a property in Badagry, Lagos. The husband justified the act, citing financial difficulties and lack of support from relatives. Both were arrested and subsequently charged to court.

“Also, one Albarka Sukuya of Jenta Apata, Jos, has been notorious for staging his kidnap on several occasions and received ransoms from unsuspecting members of the community in Plateau State.

“Similarly, on 20th January, 2024, a young man, Nnamdi Agu, faked his kidnap in Abuja in an attempt to defraud one of his family members who resides around River Park Estate, Abuja, to make money to pay for his personal pleasures.

“The Police, in a swift response, foiled the staged kidnapping, and arrested the suspect.

“It is obvious that the suspect and many others leverage on the prevailing instances of kidnapping and plan to engage in such criminal and deceptive acts of staged or self-kidnapping to make money.”

Warning that the offence is punishable under law, Adejobi cautioned the public against engaging in such activities or face the legal consequences associated with the criminal act.

He said: “These three (3) cases are a few of similar cases recorded in some states, that have been thwarted by the Police.

“The Force hereby cautions members of the public to be wary of this trend while those with intent to venture into these criminal acts should desist as the police will leave no stone unturned to cause such suspects to face the full wrath of the law.

“Equally, we vehemently encourage the media and social media influencers, bloggers, etc., to constantly verify news before broadcasting such, not to create panic and jeopardize our security arrangements.”

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