The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested one Suluka Abimbola and her boyfriend, Oluwaseun Olajide, over alleged conspiracy and self-kidnapping.
In a statement on Friday, the command’s spokesperson, Sunday Abutu, said the sister of the 16-year-old Abimbola had gone to the police station in Iyin Ekiti area of the state to complain that her sibling had not returned from school.
Abutu said the sister narrated that when Abimbola’s phone was called, an unknown person answered and informed them that she was in his custody and would not release her until a ransom of N500,000 was paid.
He said further investigation led to the arrest of Abimbola who reportedly confessed to the crime and said she wanted to use the money to relocate from Ekiti.
“It would be recalled that on the 16/06/2021 at about 1140hrs, one Bolaji Femi of Bawa Estate, Ado-Ekiti, came to New Iyin Divisional Police Headquarters and reported that her sister, one Suluka Abimbola left home for School at Christ School, Ado-Ekiti, on 15/06/2021 and did not return home.
“She further narrated that when Suluka Abimbola’s GSM number was called, an unknown person picked and confirmed that Suluka Abimbola was in their custody but would not be released until a ransom of five hundred thousand naira(#500,000:00) is paid to a particular Union Bank Account belonging to one Adisa Damilola.
“The case was immediately transferred to the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the State CID where the owner of the account, one ADISA DAMILOLA ‘f’ who is also a friend to Oluwaseun Daniel Olajide, was tracked and arrested. Adisa Damilola led the Operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit to Alex Grace Hotel, along Housing, Ado-Ekiti, where Suluka Abimbola and her boyfriend, Oluwaseun Daniel Olajide, alongside one other accomplice, *ADEFOLAJU CALEB* ‘m’ 23, were lodging and were arrested.
“During interrogation, Suluka Abimbola confessed to the commission of the crime as well as Oluwaseun Daniel Olajide and Adefolaju Caleb. Suluka Abimbola said she decided to conspire with the other suspects to do that in order for her to raise money from her family members to enable her relocate from Ekiti State since her Mother insisted that she goes through medical field as against her dream of becoming an Actress,” the statement said.
The spokesperson added that Tunde Mobayo, the state Commissioner of Police, has directed an investigation into the incident for further action and “to serve as a deterrent to other criminally minded persons in the society.”