Two teenage girls (names withheld) have been arrested by the operatives of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo for allegedly pretending to have been kidnapped and demanding the sum of N100,000 from their mother.
The state commander of the corps, Adetunji Adeleye, said today, July 16, while parading over 20 suspects before newsmen in Akure, that the girls ages 13 and 15, hid from their mother after faking self-abduction.
“The two (girls) hid themselves inside and began to call that they were kidnapped while demanding a ransom of N100,000 from their parents,” the Amotekun boss said.
The commander said that the girls also threatened the town’s monarch to pay the ransom within 24 hours or they would kill the abductees in their custody.
According to him, the teenage girls were nabbed through a joint operation with the State Security Service (SSS) operatives after tracking the telephone line being used to make calls for their demand.
Upon interrogation, one of the girls said that they spent a night in their grandmother’s place and left there around 6:00 a.m. after they had left the house.
She also confessed that they faked their kidnap following their mother’s attitude towards them.
“We left the house because my mother used to behave to us as if she’s not the one that gave birth to me, and we decided to collect money from her,” she added.