A 19-year-old girl, Dorcas Adilewa, who masterminded her kidnap, has revealed that she committed the crime to raise money to pay back the loan her mother took from a micro-finance bank.
According to Dorcas, who was paraded alongside other suspects at Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja: "I came up with the idea because my mother collected a loan from a micro-finance bank and has been unable to pay back. I felt that my uncle, who is rich, will help my father raise the money if I am kidnapped.
"I did it because he has the money but has refused to help me educationally and otherwise.
"I am not a criminal. While I was in secondary school, I sold chin-chin to get pocket money. When I completed my secondary education, I enrolled in a make-up school and notified my uncle, yet he did nothing.
"When I completed the make-up course, I couldn't collect my certificate because I still owe the school."
Continuing, Dorcas said: "My daddy told me he was going out, so I boarded a vehicle to Ogun State. Before I got there, I called my friend, Ifeoluwa, and I told her that I just escaped from kidnappers and would like to stay in their Adeboye Road, Okesopin, Ijebu Igbo, Ogun state residence; she didn't object.
"I then called my father and told him I have been kidnapped. My friend didn't know anything about my plans. I demanded N600,000 as ransom from my father. I know he won't be able to raise the money, but hoped my uncle will have no option but to help him raise the money."
On her part, her friend, Ifeoluwa Ogunbanjo, said after she picked Dorcas from the bus stop, "she collected my phone and went out of my mother's shop. I didn't know she used my phone to call her daddy, claiming that she has been kidnapped."
Crying profusely, Ifeoluwa said: "She has destroyed me completely. I am the one helping my mother because she is physically challenged. Now see what she has caused my family. I met her in a church."
Parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said: "Immediately the case was reported to the Police, it was transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Section, SCIID, Panti, for discreet investigation.
"Investigation into the case was immediately commenced. When the fake kidnappers realised that the Police were closing in on them, the supposed victim decided to call the complainant to inform him that she has been released, after he had deposited N800,000 in her bank account."