By Jide Afolabi, Jos
The Nigeria Police, Plateau State Command today, Thursday, paraded a 15-year old boy, Jerry Ngwe who arranged his own kidnap with other four suspects.
The suspect was working as an apprentice at a motor vehicle electrical-wiring shop at Farin-Gada area of Jos, Plateau state capital, left home on July 18, 2019 and failed to return home after the day’s work.
According to the Police, the following day, his team placed call through to his father informing the father that he had been kidnapped and demanded a ransom of Five Hundred Thousand Naira.
According to the Police “On 19/07/2019 at about 1700hrs, one Jerry Vichi ‘m’ living behind Government Secondary School, Kabong at Rukuba Road, Jos reported at ‘A’ Division Jos that on 18/07/2019 at about 0830hrs, his son named Jerry Ngwe aged 15 years left his home to Farin-Gada, Jos where he is working as an apprentice at a motor vehicle electrical-wiring shop but did not return after the day’s job. He further stated that efforts made to trace his whereabout proved abortive. More worrisome was the fact that his son’s phone was switched off. The next day being 19/07/2019 at about 1345hrs, he received a phone call from a hidden number informing him that his son was kidnapped by him and his gang and was taken far away from Jos. The caller immediately demanded for a ransom of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) for the complainant to secure the release of his son. The caller also threatened to kill his son if he informed the Police. Despite the warnings and threats, he could not keep the disturbing news to himself hence he reported to the Police. The Police succeeded in arresting five (5) suspects including the victim who offered himself to be kidnapped with the hope of extorting money from his father. Investigation into the case is still ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court soonest.”
While speaking with journalists at the Police Headquarters in Jos, Plateau state, the teenager said that he needed the money to buy clothes and shoes for his graduation.
He said that he was disappointed by his action and pleaded forgiveness and leniency.
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