How far can you go to get N500,000?
Mrs Oduntayo Olaniyi, a woman from Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria has shown that she is willing to do for money, including kidnapping. Mrs Olaniyi has been arraigned in the Chief magistrate’s court in Ilorin on charges of kidnapping. The bizarre thing about this case is that the criminal and victim is the same person.
Basically, she kidnapped herself and her 10 year-old son!
This supposed “criminal mastermind” who allegedly orchestrated her kidnap and that of her son was brought up on three counts of self-kidnap, false representation and asking for ransom, alongside two others – Afolabi Adesina and Abdulrauf Folorunso.
According to the prosecution counsel, the original complained was made by the defendant’s husband, Segun, who reported the case at the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Police Headquarters, Ilorin.
Segun reported to police that he received a message from his wife, Odunayo, that she had been kidnapped.
He alleged that Odunayo also told him that their 10-year-old son had also been kidnapped and that the abductors were demanding for N500,000.
After the report, the prosecution counsel said that the police, via discreet investigations, uncovered the fact the Odunayo, Folorunso and Adesina, had staged the entire kidnap.
The accused persons all pleaded not guilty to the charge but were remanded in custody while the case was adjourned until October 10 for further hearing.
And this is not the first time something like this is happening in the country. In June this year, a 36 year old woman in Abuja was also caught in a false kidnapping attempt. The woman had alleged that she had been kidnapped along with her three children.
People would go to any length just to get money right?