From Achike Bosah, Lagos
Police in Lagos has arrested one Hadijat Kabir for allegedly faking her kidnap with her 18-year-old daughter to defraud her husband of N15m.
According to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, the suspect’s husband, Kabir Muraino had reported the case at Ikotun Police Station before the suspect was arrested.
“On the 2nd Aug at about 3:30pm, one Alhaji Kabir Muraino of governor’s road, Ikotun reported at Ikotun Police Station that his wife named, Hadijat Kabir and his daughter Hamidat Kemi who is sick were kidnapped same day, on their way to the hospital in Oshodi, Lagos.
“That the alleged kidnappers were demanding for the sum of N15,m before the hostages would be released. Based on this, I directed the Anti-Kidnapping Squad to ensure speedy rescue of the hostages and arrest of the suspects.
“Investigations revealed that the kidnappers were making their demands from a community in Ogun State, called Ado-Odo, Ado–Odo Ota LGA.
“The operatives of the squad mobilised to the area and busted the camp of the kidnappers. The hostages were rescued and two suspects were arrested while the rest fled the scene.
“When one of the hostages, Hadijat Kabir was being debriefed, she confessed that she planned her kidnap with the suspects arrested to defraud her husband.” she said.
Imohimi said the case was under investigation with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects.
In a similar development, five suspects were arrested for allegedly diverting 238 pieces of Air Conditioning sets.
The police said, that the command’s Intelligence Unit came up with informations that an unspecified number of air-conditioners believed to be stolen from its owner were being off loaded into a warehouse at Iyana-Ira area of Lagos State.
The Intelligence gathered was subsequently passed to FSARS Operatives for action. They went to Iyana-Ira, located the warehouse and arrested five suspects.
According to the CP, the warehouse where the air-conditioners were kept was immediately searched and a total of 238 pieces of Royal Air-Conditioner products were recovered.
“During interrogation, they confessed that they stole the goods and mentioned one Francis as their ring leader and the owner of the truck used in conveying the stolen items.
“In the course of investigation, the operatives went to Sango Otta and recovered the said vehicle, a Mack truck, unregistered, where it was parked for sale.
Investigation is ongoing with a view to apprehending other suspects at large for prosecution.
At this juncture, I wish to call on anybody or company with legitimate claim to the goods to come forward with proof of ownership. he said.
From Achike Bosah, Lagos