Gombe state police command has arrested a 32-year-old man identified as Hallilu Aliyu, for masterminding his own kidnap and pocketing a N500,000 ransom.
Aliyu was arrested following a complaint received by policemen attached to the State Intelligence Bureau, Gombe.
The suspect reportedly conspired with a friend to extort his elder sister of N500,000 after selling a tricycle he was given by his sister-in-law.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mary Malum said the case bordered on criminal conspiracy, intimidation, kidnapping and extortion.
“The first suspect, Haliru Aliyu ‘m’ of Tudun Wada quarters Gombe was given a tricycle to ride by his sister in-law after his business haD collapsed.
“However, the said suspect later sold the tricycle for N250,000 without the knowledge of the owner.
“When the owner asked for the tricycle or her money, the suspect failed to bring any. Because of the shame, according to him, on December 30, 2021, the suspect went to his friend’s house, the second suspect, one Ahmed Ladan ‘m’, where they criminally conspired and faked a kidnap of the said Haliru Aliyu with the intension to extort his elder sister one Zainab Aliyu ‘f’ aged 42yrs of the same address, the sum of N500,000 to enable him to refund the money.”