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BREAKING: 20-year-old pupil faked kidnap, demanded over $700,000 ransom – Lagos police

The Lagos State Police Command stated it has uncovered what seems to be a staged kidnapping involving a 20-year-old pupil, Collins Ikwebe, and 5 of his schoolmates.

The case got here to mild on Saturday after a distressing social media submit by a buddy of one of many suspects went viral.

According to the submit, the buddy, recognized solely as 888 @FlackoT on X, claimed, “Guys, I’m locked up in Ikeja Police Station. I don’t have sufficient time and I don’t know what to do. So, that is my solely various. So, y’all know what occurred to me.

“Someone faked his kidnapping and requested for ransom from his dad. his dad reported the case to SARS. They tracked his phone. I genuinely knew nothing about it until I reached the station.”

The X consumer additional expressed concern about probably dealing with a prolonged authorized course of, stating, “His dad came to the station and requested his release but they insisted on taking the case to court which could take up to three years to resolve. Oher people that were in the apartment with him are locked up as well.”

Responding to those claims, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, offered police report and particulars of the case.

“Following a report from his family, our investigation established that 20-year-old Collins Oluchukwu Ikwebe faked his own kidnap,” Hundeyin confirmed.

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The police spokesperson revealed a fancy scheme involving a number of ransom calls for. “His dad received several calls from Collins’ number but with different voices giving instructions on what amount of money to be paid and methods of payment,” Hundeyin defined.

He added that over two weeks, numerous sums have been demanded, starting from $500,000 to as little as N30,000.

“At different times spanning two weeks, different sums – $500,000; $200,000; N2,000,000; N50,000 and N30,000 – were requested from Collins’ dad,” he wrote.

The breakthrough within the case got here on Thursday, June 20, 2024, when “detectives of the Lagos State Police Command eventually busted a short-let four bedroom apartment in Lekki where Collins and five of his school mates (one male, four females) had been staying for the past 10 days,” Hundeyin acknowledged.

While the investigation is ongoing, the police stated they’re working to find out the extent of involvement of the opposite 5 people discovered within the condo.

Hundeyin emphasised, “For now, none of the suspects has been exonerated.”

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