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Kaduna, Police arrests pastor who staged his kidnap demanded N5m ransom from family

The Kaduna state police command has arrested James Clement, a pastor in the state, who allegedly staged his own kidnap and demanded N5 million ransom from his family.

In a statement released by the command's spokesperson, Yakubu Sabo, Clement and his accomplice, George Otokpa, were arrested by operatives of the police anti-kidnapping unit.

    ”Clement falsely claimed to have been kidnapped while Otokpa engaged his family to negotiate for ransom while in their hideout,” he said.

    On 27th January, 2020 at about 19:17hrs, one Pastor James Clement ‘m’ 39yrs of Nasarawa Tirkaniya Kaduna and George Otokpa ‘m’ of No. 23 Aleri Water by Sarki Street Kudandan in Chikun L.G.A, were arrested by the Operatives of the Command’s Anti–Kidnapping Unit for allegedly conspiring, faking the kidnapping of the 1st suspect and demanded the payment of N5 million as ransom from his own family through text messages using the 2nd suspect as the negotiator.

    Clement was tracked and arrested at his hideout where he hid himself, falsely claimed being kidnapped and conspired with his friend George Otokpa to engage his family in negotiation for ransom,” the statement reads

Sabo said the suspects were being interrogated and would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

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