A 23 year old man has revealed how he faked his kidnap to target sister abroad for ransom payment.
When asked by the police who arrested him the 23-year-old secondary school leaver revealed the motive behind his action.
What is your name and how old are you?
My name is Okachi Edward.I am 23 years old. I graduated from secondary school in 2018 but I couldn’t further because my parents could not afford it.
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What led to your arrest by the police?
I am here because I faked my kidnap with friends. I needed money for a job I was introduced to. I was told I needed to register with N550,000. They said I would have to pay the money before they could employ me.
What is the nature of the job?
It is a networking job, involving bringing other people in. I was asked to pay the money for registration and form; But because I couldn’t raise the money, I planned with my friends to fake my kidnap so as to generate the money.
Who brought up the idea?
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It was my idea because I was enticed by the job offer and I didn’t want to lose it. When I discussed the job opportunity with my friends, they asked me what we could do to get the money. After giving it much thought, I suggested that we could fake my kidnap. I thought that my family would be able to raise the money and I would use it to secure the job. My plan was that I would pay back the money and explain everything to them once I start earning from the job.
What made you think that was the best way to raise the money rather than tell your parents about this job offer and ask for their help?
I knew that it would be hard for me to convince my family to give me the money to start the business. I knew questions would be raised if I informed them about the amount I needed for the job; they would want to know what kind of job it was that required me registering with such a huge sum of money.
I believe they would never give me such money to register for a job. So, I felt the surest way to get the money from them was to fake my kidnap. I felt that if they realised I was in danger, they would want to do all within their means to raise the money and rescue me from danger.
Didn’t you consider that the job could be a scam and you could lose the money?
I don’t think so, because there is a lot of profit to be made from it. And more so, it was introduced to me by several people and what boosted my confidence in it was the fact that my friend is also doing it. So, I believe it is real even though I haven’t tried it.