The suspect admitted to the crime attributing her action to lack of money to conduct burial ceremony for her late parents.
A 32-year-old Pastor’s wife in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State Mrs Victoria Elijah Ndu has been arrested for reportedly planning her kidnap.
Mrs Ndu was rescued in Awo Omamma, Imo state on Monday, August 24, 2017, by officers of the anti-kidnapping squad from the state Police. She was also arrested the same day after it was found out that she actually planned her kidnapping in a bid to get money from church members.
The ransom was placed at N3m. Mrs. Ndu was reported to ave told her husband that she was going to the market on August 16, 2017. She however travelled to Imo state where she reportedly called her husband of her kidnap.
Mrs. Ndu's brother was also arrested for alleged conspiracy to the crime. He is Victor Okon Akang an artisan, who stays Awo Omamma in Imo State.
DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, the Police Public Relations Officer, told press men yesterday, Monday, August 28, 2017 that the suspects were both rescued and arrested on the same day after they were interrogated.
The DSP said, “Victoria’s husband had on August 16 reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters in Nsit Atai that his wife had been kidnapped. He told the police that the wife told him she was going to the market that day. But Nsit Atai lacked the jurisdiction to handle kidnap matter; the case was transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCID).
They traced the calls used by contacting the church members to Awo Omamma in Imo state. That was how men of the anti-kidnapping unit swung into action, tracked down the suspects and rescued them.
It was while Victoria Ndu was being interrogated at the anti- Kidnapping unit that she confessed that she actually masterminded her own kidnap. That was how she and her brother were arrested. The brother was arrested because both of them conspired to fake the crime.
“What you are seeing here today is to serve as a deterrent to people who may be planning to go into this kind of crime. Police in Akwa Ibom is doing everything possible to make sure that crime in the state is reduced to the barest minimum."
During her interrogation Victoria said “We are orphans from a poor background. I only did what I did to help my family bury our parents. Our father died in 2008 but we did not conduct any burial ceremony for him. In April this year, our mother died too and since then she has not been buried because of no money. We wanted to conduct burial for both of them.”
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