From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a 37-year-old woman, Bukola Ogun, who planned her own kidnap and demanded N10million ransom with a view to scaring her husband to relocate her and their two children to the United States of America.
Bukola was said to have connived with a three-man gang, including a cousin, to orchestrate her own kidnap. Three armed hoodlums reportedly stormed the residence of the supposed victim at Elesun Street in Oluyole, Ibadan, on July 4, 2017 around 7.45pm, and took her away.
After leaving the scene, the woman was said to have lodged herself in a hotel at Imalefalafia area of Ibadan, where she was for three days.
But the husband, who was unaware that his wife masterminded the kidnap, informed the police, who later arrested two suspects, Kayode Adepoju, 37, and Olalekan Anafi.
Adepoju is Bukola’s cousin.
The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, paraded the suspects along with other persons arrested over offences ranging from armed robbery to stealing and other crimes, at the state police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan yesterday.
Ogun’s husband has dual citizenship of Nigeria and the United States, and had lived in the US for many years before he relocated to Nigeria. It was further gathered that the husband, who is a salary earner in Nigeria, had begun the process of relocating his family to the US.
The wife, who has two children for her husband within the past six years of their marriage, was said to have considered the process too slow.
Bukola, in an interview with newsmen, said: “I just woke up one day and thought of a way to make my husband see reason why he should use his American citizen status to take me out of the country. It all started like a child’s play.