Indian stages own kidnap, demands N10m ransom in Enugu

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By Austin Ogwuda

Enugu—An Indian national, identified as Mr. Vishwanath Mishal, has been arrested in Enugu for allegedly arranging his own kidnap and demanding N10 million ransom from his employers.

KidnapThe suspect was said to have travelled to Enugu, where he sent distress calls to his employers in Lagos from someone else’s phone, claiming that he was held hostage in Enugu.

Following the negotiation for his release, the ransom was reduced from N10 million to N7 million, which he personally went to cash from a new generation bank along Okpara Avenue.

However, he was swiftly nabbed by police operatives, who laid siege to the bank before his arrival. Also arrested was a commercial tricycle operator who brought him to the bank to cash the money.

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On interrogation, the Indian confessed that he actually hatched the plan because he NEEDED SOME MONEY to urgently sort out some pressing issues.

Men of Enugu State Police Command had also, this week, arrested one Madueke Ahamuefula from Egbema in Bayelsa State in the same bank for scam.

State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said the suspect had earlier withdrawn N700,000 believed to have been swindled from unsuspecting members of the public, leading to the placement order.

He said luck ran out of the suspect when he allegedly came back to withdraw another money from his account, not knowing that there was a placement order.

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