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Five Arrested After Son Fakes Self-Kidnap, Demands Ransom From Dad

THE Lagos State Police Command announced on Sunday the arrest of 20-year-old Collins Ikwebe, who allegedly staged his abduction and demanded ransom from his father.

The command noted that Collins, along with one male and four female accomplices whose names were not disclosed, were detained for allegedly orchestrating the crime.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest of the suspects while dismissing a claim of illegal detention by one of the suspects.

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Hundeyin’s disclosure came after a viral post from an X.com user, @Flacko TG, who claimed he was being detained at the Ikeja Police Division for a crime he didn’t commit and wanted the public to know his whereabouts.

“Guys I’m locked up in the Ikeja police station. I don’t have enough time, and I don’t know what to do. So, this is my only alternative, so y’all know what happened to me,” he wrote.

He added, “Someone faked his kidnapping and requested (a) ransom from his dad. His dad reported the case to SARS, and they tracked his phone.

“I genuinely knew nothing about it until I reached the station. His dad came to the station and requested his release, but they insisted on trying the case in court, which could take up to three years to resolve. Other people who were in the apartment with him were locked up as well.”

Responding to the X.com user’s claim in the comment section of the post, the command spokesperson stated that the detained suspects had demanded a ransom from Collin’s father after executing their scheme.

Hundeyin revealed that the 20-year-old faked his kidnapping while staying with other suspects in a short-let apartment in the Lekki area of Lagos before their arrest.

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