A Nigerian woman has confessed faking her own kidnap in order to raise funds for her husband.
The middle-aged housewife identified as Mrs Yemi Samuel was arrested by the police in the state of Kogi.
Local media reported that Yemi Samuel and three other suspects, all suspected to be Fulani herdsmen are facing prosecution for alleged kidnapping, criminal intimidation and conspiracy.
Police Commissioner of Kwara state, Kayode Egbetokun told the media that Mrs Yemi Samuel who lives in Kabba, Kogi State allegedly went into hiding claiming that she was kidnapped.
Samuel had told family members that she was kidnapped by an unknown gang while cleaning her compound.
According to the police from her hideout, Yemi demanded $14, 000 (N5 million) ransom but later request that is reduced to $3,000 (N1 million).
“On 15/06/2019 at about 0530 hours, Mrs Yemi Samuel hatched a self-kidnapped scenario.
She left her home and went into hiding, claiming she had been kidnapped while cleaning the compound by an unknown gang and taken to an unknown destination,” Egbetokun said.
He added that “effort was intensified and N500, 000 cash was arranged by her husband as well as family and well-wishers.”
Mrs. Samuel and those she contracted to fake her kidnap were however arrested with the help of the police.
The woman who is a Mathematics graduate told the police she committed the crime to raise money for her husband.
She said “I’m a graduate and I read Mathematics and I live in Kabba town with my husband.
Things are hard for us and my husband is not finding life easy, so I decided to raise money for him from members of his family and that is why I went to hide myself thinking that his family would raise money for him to rescue me.”