The police in Niger State have arrested a 20-year-old housewife, Habiba Usman, for being the mastermind of her own kidnap.
Usman was apprehended alongside the two principal suspects, Abubakar Umar, 28, of Chanchaga, and Musa Abubakar, 22, of Sauka Kahuta, by police operatives attached to the Anti-kidnapping Unit, Security Intelligence Bureau and the Bosso Police Division.
The operatives were said to have carried out an intelligence-based operation leading to the arrest of the suspects at the Tunga area of Minna.
It was gathered that on December 28, 2018, one Usman Alfa of Beji in the Bosso Local Government Area of the state reported to the police that his wife, who left home on December 26 for medical check-up at the Minna General Hospital, was nowhere to be found.
He was said to have received an anonymous call from a gang of suspected kidnappers demanding N4m ransom for the release of his wife.
According to Alfa, after several rounds of negotiation with the gang, he paid N150, 000 ransom for her freedom.