A 17-year-old Senior High student has been arrested for impersonating a kidnapping in order to extort money from his mother.
Obinna Nwatu, a SHS 3 student, was apprehended by the Abia State Police Command after confessing to planning his kidnapping.
Obinna Nwatu claims he staged his kidnapping to extort money from his mother, Mrs. Rose Nwatu, whom he describes as stingy.
The arrest was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police in Abia State, CP Janet Agbede, who explained that the suspect’s brother, Wisdom Nwatu, reported the kidnapping.
“Wisdom Nwatu reported to the police that his younger brother has been kidnapped. He told the police that his brother was kidnapped along Stadium road, Okpuala Ngwa by unknown hoodlums operating with ash colour Sienna, with registration number unknown, when he went to buy recharge card.
However, after investigation, the Anti-kidnapping unit of the Command arrested one Chinaza Favour Ukaigwe whose bank account was used to receive a ransom of Two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) only. Chinaza Favour Ukaigwe told the police after arrest that Obinna Nwatu faked his own kidnap.
Obinna and one Favour Ugorji a.k.a. “Wizzy” approached him at his shop at Aba Road Abia State and requested that he should give his bank account to enable them use and receive the school fees of their young sister.
The investigation further revealed that Obinna Nwatu and Ugorji received through the account the sum of two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) paid in as a ransom by Mrs. Rose Nwatu.
Obinna Nwatu confessed he was not actually kidnapped. He conspired with Favour Ugorji to intentionally go into hiding at a hotel along with Rhema University Road Aba”, CP Janet Agbede explained.
Obinna Nwatu is currently in police custody, but his accomplice Favour also known as Wizzy is on the run.