How Couple Who Staged Their Kidnap, Demanded Ransom, Were Arrested | READ DETAILS 


How Couple Who Staged Their Kidnap, Demanded Ransom, Were Arrested | READ DETAILS

A couple identified as Doubara David Yabrifa (53) and Regina Yabrifa (48), have been arrested for staging their own kidnapping and demanding for N5million ransom.

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According to a release on Tuesday by the Police Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the couple, a technician and massager/bone setter respectively, were arrested following a complaint made by a family member on the purported kidnap.

The police said the couple confessed to staging their own kidnap as they wanted to raise N3million to acquire a property in Badagry, Lagos state as they were financially incapacitated and their relatives were not helpful.

The statement read;

The Nigeria Police Force hereby warns against the recent disturbing trend of self-kidnapping (false kidnapping), which is a punishable offense under the laws, and cautions the public against engaging in such activities as there are legal consequences associated with this criminal act. This is following observed incidents of self-kidnapping in various locations, with suspects apprehended in Lagos and Abuja.

In Lagos, a couple was arrested for alleged self-kidnapping scheme aimed at obtaining a N5 million ransom recently. The husband, Doubara David Yabrifa, a 53-year-old technician, and the wife Regina Yabrifa, a 48-year-old body massager and bone setter, were apprehended after a family member reported the purported kidnapping. The couple confessed to planning the self-kidnap to raise N3 million to purchase a property in Badagry, Lagos. The husband justified the act, citing financial difficulties and lack of support from relatives. Both were arrested and subsequently charged to court.

Also, one Albarka Sukuya of Jenta Apata, Jos, has been notorious for staging his kidnap on several occasions and received ransoms from unsuspecting members of the community in Plateau State. Similarly, on 20th January, 2024, a young man, Nnamdi Agu, faked his kidnap in Abuja in an attempt to defraud one of his family members who resides around River Park Estate, Abuja, to make money to pay for his personal pleasures. The Police, in a swift response, foiled the staged kidnapping, and arrested the suspect. It is obvious that the suspect and many others leverage on the prevailing instances of kidnapping and plan to engage in such criminal and deceptive acts of staged or self-kidnapping to make money.

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These three (3) cases are a few of similar cases recorded in some states, that have been thwarted by the Police.

The Force hereby cautions members of the public to be wary of this trend while those with intent to venture into these criminal acts should desist as the police will leave no stone un-turned to cause such suspects to face the full wrath of the law.

Equally, we vehemently encourage the media and social media influencers, bloggers, etc., to constantly verify news before broadcasting such, not to create panic and jeopardize our security arrangements.