NIGERIA POLICE FORCE WARNS PUBLIC AGAINST RISING CASES OF SELF-KIDNAPPING, ARRESTS SUSPECTS IN LAGOS AND ABUJA
In a recent press release, the Nigeria Police Force issued a stern warning regarding the alarming increase in self-kidnapping incidents, emphasizing that such acts are punishable offenses under the law. The public is cautioned against engaging in these activities due to the severe legal consequences associated with this criminal act.
The caution comes in the wake of observed incidents of self-kidnapping in various locations, leading to the apprehension of suspects in both Lagos and Abuja. In Lagos, a couple, Doubara David Yabrifa (53) and Regina Yabrifa (48) were arrested for an alleged self-kidnapping scheme aimed at extorting a N5 million ransom. The duo confessed to planning the staged kidnapping to raise funds for purchasing a property in Badagry, citing financial difficulties and lack of support from relatives. They have been arrested and subsequently charged to court.
Another notable case involves Albarka Sukuya of Jenta Apata, Jos, who has been repeatedly staging his own kidnappings and extorting ransoms from unsuspecting community members in Plateau State. Furthermore, on January 20, 2024, Nnamdi Agu attempted to fake his own kidnapping in Abuja to defraud a family member residing around River Park Estate. The swift response from the Police thwarted the staged kidnapping, leading to Agu's arrest. It is evident that individuals like Agu exploit the prevalence of kidnapping instances to engage in deceptive acts of self-kidnapping for financial gain.
These three cases are representative of a growing trend, with several similar incidents recorded in various states. The Nigeria Police Force urges citizens to be vigilant, report any suspicious activities, and refrain from participating in or supporting such criminal acts. Authorities are determined to curb this emerging menace and ensure the safety and security of the public.