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Enugu : Boy kidnaps self • Demands N1.5m

The police in Enugu yesterday paraded 22 suspected criminals among whom was a boy who allegedly falsely declared himself to have been kidnapped in order to extort money from his parents.


Hundreds of on-lookers rushed to the police officers mess Enugu where the suspects were paraded to catch a glimpse of the fake kidnap victim whose name was given as suspect Obinna Mmereole.

He was said to have caused himself to disappear into hiding with the aide of two friends, he started calling his mother claiming that he had been kidnapped and that his captors were demanding N1.5m before he would be released. The names of his suspected accomplices were given as Ibe Chinonso and Igwe Ikechukwu.

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Enugu State Police Commissioner Mohammed Zarewa who paraded the suspects said the plot backfired when police swooped on them as they were attempting to cash the ransom at a bank where they demanded that the money should be paid.

Also picked up by the security operatives were 19 persons suspected to be armed robbers and kidnappers with Zarewa explaining that the suspected criminals were arrested at various locations in Enugu.

He said that one of the suspected kidnappers was involved in the abduction of a prominent Anambra State businessman while some of the robbery suspects allegedly killed a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Awka and later attacked the convoy of Delta State Commissioner of Police.

He said the suspected robbers had confessed to bank robberies and attack of bullion vans in the south east and South south states including a raid in Edo state during which a police DPO and Divisional crime officer were killed.

Among the items recovered from the suspects were two AK 47 Rifles, on pistol, One Toyota Avensis Car and One Mazda 363 model. Others were 450 rounds of live ammunition and two handcuff keys and one handcuff.

The Police boss warned that his command would not leave stone unturned in combating crime in the coal city state, adding that he was happy that crime has reduced in the state as compared to other states in the Southeast geo-political zone.

"Relatively, crime rate has reduced in Enugu State compared to Ebonyi, Anambra and other states in the Southeast zone. We will not relent in our efforts to combat crime in the state. What we need is cooperation from members of the public. We are battle ready to wipe out kidnapping, robbery and other anti-social vices in the state", he added.

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Comment by raymond on July 8, 2009 at 5:00pm
NICE TRY BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME!
Comment by KECH SIMONS on July 3, 2009 at 1:01pm
The guy is a shrewd boy. Reminds me of the proverbial servant that was told he was to be fired by his boss; he was reported to have gone to his master's debitors and hewed down thier debts so as to have friends when fired. so lets not blame the boy the smart boy. perhaps the parents were stingy to him
Comment by 9jabook.com on July 2, 2009 at 2:59pm
amateur kidnapper.
let him hook up with priye the ijaw kid who kidnapped a Mary the mother of Jesus figure from a catholic church and sent God a ransom note !
Comment by EBIKEFE on July 2, 2009 at 1:34pm
may God help the boy and his parents
Comment by steel on July 2, 2009 at 9:42am
Should we say kudos? Abeg all na setup so that we can say they are doing grate job, the only true story is the boy that kidnapped himself the rest are arranged.
Comment by Babatunde Ayankunle on July 2, 2009 at 9:32am
I believe on no second chance. The police should take action on the guys.
Comment by BOSUN PEDRO on July 2, 2009 at 8:41am
Interesting, but am baffle to what extent some peaple can go to make money, i think he should be use as a scape goat for other intending self kidnappers to learn what await them when they do such. God help us all.
Comment by Tejiri Orugbo on July 2, 2009 at 5:59am
What a greedy opportunist. My heart goes out to the parents. What a dilemma he put them through. He should not be shot but should be put on community service if Nigeria has such a program. It's easy to blame things like this on peer pressure but if his friends had said he should cut off his pinky finger to convince his parents of the kidnapping , I bet he wouldn't have caved into that kind of peer pressure : )
Comment by Bamidele O on July 1, 2009 at 8:38pm
lol, I just can't stop laughing! Wonders shall never end :))
Comment by Babalola oluwatosin on July 1, 2009 at 6:31pm
That is bad habit,bout parent should try and train there children any way that we be of heip to the society.becoz Bible say teach ur children in the way they should grow, so that when they grow they we nt depart from it.more eployment in nigeroooooooooooooooooooo 7 point agender where are u?
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