A 49 year old man identified as Mr. Clement Silver, a native of Tiv in Benue State, residing at Odozi Street, Agbor was arrested and paraded for allegedly arranging his own kidnap to fraudulently collect large sum of money from his wife.
The suspect was apprehended by members of Agbor Gha-Ihun security outfit at his hideout beside Camelite Paint, Agbor, Delta state with his accomplice, Mr. Sunday Kibechukwu, aged 33 who acted as the kidnapper.
The suspect, confessing to the crime he committed, said his intention was to force his wife to pay his demand, adding that he needed the money to boost his lottery/betting business (Bet Naija).
The suspect said he was retrenched as a security officer with UBA bank, Agbor last year and since then, he has been living on the lottery/betting business while his wife who is an indigene of Mbiri Kingdom in Ika North deals in poultry business.
He said “I connived with Sunday to frame my kidnap in order to collect money from my wife because I needed it to boost my business with the intention of paying her back after my business improves. I chose not to ask my wife to loan me the money because I am very convinced that she will not give me the money and the only way for me to achieve this was to frame my kidnap.”
His accomplice, Sunday who hails from Aniocha North LGA of Delta State noted that Silver lured him into getting involved in.the crime with a promise to return the money and also pay him N10, 000 to treat the injury he sustained when he was working at a bakery in Boji-Boji Owa.
The suspects after the kidnap contacted Silver’s wife, Madam Rose, demanded a ransom of N1million and directed that she dropped the money along Benin/Asaba Expressway at Umunede.
In the course of negotiation, his wife pleaded to pay N300,0000 which they refused. Silver, however was sighted at his hideout and was reported to Agbor Gha-Ihun who quickly moved to arrest the culprits.
Te suspects were still under the custody of the Security Operatives, Agbor Gha-Ihun at the time these reports were filled.