A Methodist priest, Peter Adegoke Adewuyi, has been arrested after he allegedly faked his own kidnapping to collect ransom from church and family members.
The 31-year-old Methodist Church leader who was nabbed by detectives was reported missing while travelling to Ado Ekiti, Nigeria on Sunday, June 9.
Local media houses reported the priest had lodged himself at a hotel within the metro with his accomplice, who is a fellow priest, Adewole Oluwadare, on Sunday.
The pair went on to make calls demanding a ransom while threatening to kill the cleric if the ransom was not paid by Thursday, 13 June.
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Members of his church were thrown into confusion after the accomplice called, demanding a sizeable ransom for his release.
The fake kidnapping was, however, busted by the police after Adewuyi was tracked through the mobile phone that he was using to contact his family.
"The police have intercepted and arrested the holder of the phone being used to demand a ransom from the families and church members of the kidnapped Methodist reverend," said the police.
"Incidentally, the arrested suspect is the same Adewuyi Adegoke Peter. In interrogation, he confessed to have planned the kidnap of himself and demanded the N3 million ransom," added the police.
While being interrogated by the police, Adewuyi confessed to have masterminded his own ‘kidnapping’ and demanding the ransom.
The two clerics are now in police custody.
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