Man fakes own kidnap, defrauds US-based mistress of N821,000
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
The Special Anti -Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command has arrested one Emmanuel Obioma for defrauding his United States -based mistress , Ugo Emake , of N 821 ,000 .
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu , told journalists that the suspect also faked his own kidnap and demanded N 1 m ransom from his mistress .
Also arrested were Obioma’s accomplices, Iheanacho Ugochi and Agbo Samuel .
Ikeokwu said a laptop, eight SIM cards , a Lexus 330 SUV and a mobile phone were recovered from the suspects as exhibits .
He said the SARS Commander , Godfrey Victor , headed the team that arrested the suspects .
Ikeokwu stated , “ On November 2 , 2019 , the Special Anti-Robbery Squad , acting on a credible intelligence, arrested these suspects for fraud and fake kidnapping .
“Emmanuel initiated a relationship with one Ugo Emake , a female, who lives in the United States of America . He claimed that he lives in US as well. But he installed software , which ensured that a foreign number appears on the lady ’s phone each time he calls .
“Having succeeded in making her believe that he lives in the US , he then informed her that he was travelling to Nigeria .
Upon his fake arrival in Nigeria , he claimed that he had an accident and that two people lost their lives in the process .
“He , therefore, demanded a financial assistance for his treatment as a result of which she sent him the sum of N 821 ,000 in two instalments .
“Furthermore, on October 17 , he raised a false alarm of being kidnapped while returning to Owerri from Kogi State . He demanded N 1 m from his mistress , which he said was the ransom amount .
“ Investigation was launched and he and his accomplices were arrested by SARS .”