Ogun State police have arrested an 18-year-old apprentice Michael Adeboye for allegedly faking his own kidnap in order to swindle his boss of N500,000 meant to be deposited in a bank.
The apprentice was arrested alongside his friends Nafiu Ojo and Abdullahi Lawal who were said to have posed as his abductors and demanded N1million ransom.
Mr Adeboye was said to have lodged himself in a hotel and squandered the money on girls.
Ogun police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi said in a statement in Abeokuta on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested following a complaint by Adeboye’s boss Oluwoju Abiodun at the Oke-Itoku Police Station.
Mrs Oyeyemi stated that the intention of the suspects was to extort money from Mr Oluwoju.
Oyeyemi said Adeboye’s boss went to the police station and reported that he sent his apprentice to a bank to deposit the sum of N500,000 in his account, only for him to receive a call some hours after that the young man had been kidnapped and that he (Oluwoju) should provide the sum of N1million for his release.
Oyeyemi added that Oluwoju stated that the supposed kidnappers told him that he only needed to pay them the balance since the sum of N500,000 he asked Adeboye to deposit in the bank had already been collected.
“Upon their confession, the said Adeboye Michael was subsequently arrested. He made a confessional statement that he lodged in a hotel with two girls, where he squandered his boss’ money, which he was supposed to deposit in the bank. The sum of N120,000 was recovered from him,” she said.
The state’s police commissioner Ahmed Iliyasu had directed that the suspects be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction as soon as the investigation was concluded.