Pregnant housewife fakes abduction buys house with ransom gotten from Facebook lover
In a separate case, a pregnant housewife, Jamila Ardo, was remanded in custody after reportedly kidnapped herself and demanding a ransom from her partner.
According to Ardo, who is from Wauru Jabbe in the Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State, she kidnapped herself and collected the amount of N2 million from Mallam Adamu Ahmed of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Ardo is accused of abducting herself and collecting the sum of N2 million.
The 25-year-old woman, who is accused of conspiring with a guy named Abdulaziz to stage her own kidnapping in order to mislead her partner, was successful in her scheme.
She was believed to have used the money to purchase a home with the earnings.
The suspect and Ahmed apparently fell in love after meeting on Facebook, with the suspect being unaware that he was dealing with a married lady at the time of their encounter.
Reporters learned that the couple never had any physical contact throughout their dating relationship, but that their bond flourished as they stayed in touch online.
Abdulaaziz connived with Ardo to make a phone call to her boyfriend, alerting him that she had been abducted and demanding a ransom, according to the charges against him.
Ardo was alleged to have cried out on the phone to Adamu throughout the course of the negotiations for her release, and Adamu was believed to have overheard her sobbing.
Adamu was believed to have transferred the funds into a bank account under the name of Amina Mohammed, according to reports.
“After sending the money, Adamu was informed by his lover that the kidnappers had released her.
“Adamu, however, became suspicious and filed a complaint at the State Investigation Bureau on November 16, 2021,” the charge stated.
Mohammed, the owner of the bank account that was used to collect the ransom, was caught by detectives later that day.
According to reports, the suspect revealed that her companion, Ardo, had sought the account information in order to obtain cash from a mutual acquaintance.
Ardo’s husband had allegedly questioned her about her source of income before the bubble broke, since she claimed that money had been transferred to her by relatives.
In the following days, she was apprehended and prosecuted before Chief Magistrate Court I in Yola on charges of criminal conspiracy and abduction, in violation of Sections 60 and 248 of the Nigerian Penal Code.
She entered a not guilty plea.
Inspector Abubakar Nurudeen, the police prosecutor, requested that the case be adjourned by Magistrate Abdullahi Digil so that the prosecution may transmit the case file to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal guidance.
Attorney C. Crowealth, who appeared with T. K. David on behalf of the defendant, appealed with the court to grant his client access to a medical facility, citing his client’s medical condition.
Crowealth also sought the court to force the prosecution to provide them with all of the papers they need in order to prepare for their defense. The prosecution refused.
In his ruling, Digil approved the application and delayed the issue to March 10, 2022, while also ordering the defendant to be remanded to the county courthouse.