18-year-old Ujunwa Offiah has been arrested in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, for allegedly faking her own kidnap to demand ransom from her family, police said Tuesday.
Offiah is accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to stage her abduction, asking her family to pay 30 million naira (USD79,336).
Arrested alongside Offiah, was another alleged accomplice, Precious Chukwu, 22, as the ransom money was being dropped, police said.
“This is a case of conspiracy and staged kidnapping,” state police commissioner Hakeem Odumosu said in a statement.
He said Offiah’s boyfriend, an Uber driver and “the man at the centre of this case”, is still on the run.
“We are going after him because he conspired with one of these two ladies, Offiah, who faked her kidnap.”
Odumosu said that after negotiation, the ransom was reduced to 700,000 naira (USD1,851).