The Delta State Police Command has arrested a 49-year-old man identified as Clement Silver from Tiv in Benue State but residing at Odozi Street, Agbor for allegedly arranging his own kidnap to fraudulently obtain money from his wife who runs a poultry business.
He was apprehended by members of Agbor Gha-Ihun security outfit at his hideout beside Camelite Paint, Agbor, Delta state, alongside his accomplice, Mr. Sunday Kibechukwu, 33, who acted as the kidnapper.
Clement who confessed to committing the crime, however claimed he needed the money to boost his lottery/betting business (Bet9ja) which he launched after he was retrenched as a security officer with UBA bank, Agbor last year.
“I connived with Sunday to frame my kidnap in order to collect money from my wife because I needed it to boost my business with the intention of paying her back after my business improves.
“I chose not to ask my wife to loan me the money because I am very convinced that she will not give me the money and the only way for me to achieve this was to frame my kidnap” he said.
His accomplice, Sunday from Aniocha North LGA of Delta States said he was lured into committing the crime by Clement who promised to return the money and also give him N10, 000 to treat the injury he sustained while working at a bakery in Boji-Boji Owa.
The suspects reportedly contacted Clement’s wife popularly known as Madam Rose, demanding a ransom of N1million which they directed should be dropped along Benin/Asaba Expressway at Umunede. However she pleaded to pay N300,0000 which they refused.
Clement was arrested after he was sighted at his hideout and was reported to Agbor Gha-Ihun who quickly moved to arrest the culprits.