Adewale Oshodi and Tinuola Are
housewife, Mrs Bukola Ogun, has been arrested by the Oyo State Police
Command for allegedly staging her own kidnap with the intention of
extorting money from her husband, and to also make the man, who is an
American citizen, relocate her to the Unites States.
State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Odude, who was speaking during
the parade of 12 arrested suspects in the state at the Police
Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, said the 37-year-old businesswoman, had
conspired with a two-man gang, among whom was his cousin, Kayode
Adepoju, to orchestrate her own kidnap in order to fraudulently obtain
money from her husband.
The police boss said the incident
happened at about 7:45p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, when three armed hoodlums
stormed the residence of the supposed victim and ‘kidnapped’ her to an
“Barely four hours later, the suspects
contacted the victim’s husband, demanding for N10million as ransom as a
condition for his wife’s release.
“Unknown to the husband that
the kidnap was actually arranged by his wife, he reported the case to
the police, and upon the receipt, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad (SARS) began a manhunt for the hoodlums.
investigation, two suspects were arrested, and they let the cat out of
the bag, as operatives were stunned to discover that the victim was the
architect of the fake kidnap.
“The woman, for the three days she
was away, lodged in a hotel at Imalefalafia area, Ibadan, while efforts
were on to rescue her, but after two of the suspects were eventually
arrested in their criminal hideout at Imalefalafia area, they confessed
to the crime and the mastermind was arrested,” the police boss said.
while speaking, the woman, Mrs Ogun, said she called her cousin,
Kayode, informing him that she wanted her husband to relocate her to the
United States, so wanted to stage her own kidnap so after her rescue,
her husband would be left with no option than to send her abroad.
“So I left home on Tuesday, July 4, and returned on Thursday, July 6, acting as if I was kidnapped.
It was then that my husband started calling about that I had been kidnapped before finally informing the police.
is still like a child’s play; he is an American citizen and I just
wanted him to relocate me to the US. I told the gang to demand for
N10million from my husband; I knew he could not afford that kind of
money, but just for the whole plan to look real.
“And within the
three days I was away, I lodged myself in a hotel, but I regret
everything now,” Mrs Ogun, who had been married to her husband for six
years with two children, said.
While speaking on his role in the
whole case, Mrs Ogun’s cousin, Kayode, said the woman just called her
one day, informing him that she wanted to stage her own kidnap so that
her husband would agree to relocate her to the United States since he is
“So she told me to find one of my friends who has a
car and we would come to her house in the evening of the day we wanted
to stage the kidnap.
“When we even got to her house, she was the
one who walked out herself and entered the car we brought, and we took
her to the hotel where she lodged for three days.
“After that, we
called her husband, asking for N10million ransom, just to make the
whole plan look real, but we didn’t collect anything from him.
I was arrested the following day after she returned home; policemen
came to my office to arrest me, and we had no option than to tell the
police the truth,” Kayode said.
The Oyo police boss, however,
said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as possible so
as to serve as a less to others who might be planning such stunts.