Boy, 15, kidnaps self, demands N.5m ransom


The Plateau State Police Command has said that a 15-year-old boy allegedly staged his own kidnap and demanded the sum of N500, 000 as ransom.

The minor, who was paraded in Jos on Thursday, confessed that he initiated the plan with his friends so that he could get some money to buy clothes for is graduation.

“I was the one who initiated the plan and not my friends. I wanted my father to give me money for clothes and to also celebrate my graduation,” he said.

Briefing journalists about the arrest, the commissioner of police in the state, Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede, said five persons were arrested in a case of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping, including the victim, who stage-managed his own kidnap.

He said the father of the victim, Mr. Jerry Vichi, had on July 19 reported at ‘A’ Division, Jos that his son, working as an apprentice at a motor vehicle electrical wiring shop, did not return after the day’s job.

The police commissioner said the suspect’s father reported that he received a phone call from a hidden number informing him that his son had been kidnapped and taken away from Jos.

“The father said the caller demanded a N500, 000 as ransom and threatened the boy’s life,” he said.



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