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WONDER: Nigeria’s Female Police Sergeant, NAOMI DANLAMI ‘Kidnaps Self’, Demand Ransom to Fund up-coming Wedding to loverboy …detained by police that she faked own kidnap to extort ransom from well wishers to fund marriage, released in less than 24 hours after, case closed *Announced engagement on social media, next day alleges abduction made by friends on her Facebook group *During fundraising, there were dissenting voices that expressed doubts about the abduction story, saying she had a history of criminal behavior: that she was not truthful, not to be trusted, and that her lifestyle was wayward *Suspect arrested after raising suspicion: suddenly appeared at the Police Force Headquarters, claimed she escaped from the kidnappers’ den where she was molested, insisted on work resumption as though nothing happened to the surprise of those around her *“See suffer wey I suffer. Do you know that the kidnappers called; they are not kidnappers. It is set up, this girl just set it up; she needs money. That girl is wicked, see the wey I just de cry since”-Suspect’s friend eyewitness record of conversation *BY DEBO ABAYOMI/SPECIAL Crime Correspondent, Abuja

WONDER:

Nigeria’s Female Police Sergeant, NAOMI DANLAMI ‘Kidnaps Self’, Demand Ransom to Fund up-coming Wedding to loverboy

…detained by police that she faked own kidnap to extort ransom from well wishers to fund marriage, released in less than 24 hours after, case closed

*Announced engagement on social media, next day alleges abduction made by friends on her Facebook group

*During fundraising, there were dissenting voices that expressed doubts about the abduction story, saying she had a history of criminal behavior: that she was not truthful, not to be trusted, and that her lifestyle was wayward

*Suspect arrested after raising suspicion: suddenly appeared at the Police Force Headquarters, claimed she escaped from the kidnappers’ den where she was molested, insisted on work resumption as though nothing happened to the surprise of those around her

*“See suffer wey I suffer. Do you know that the kidnappers called; they are not kidnappers. It is set up, this girl just set it up; she needs money. That girl is wicked, see the wey I just de cry since”-Suspect’s friend eyewitness record of conversation

*BY DEBO ABAYOMI/SPECIAL Crime Correspondent, Abuja

FACTS have emerged of how a serving Nigeria Police Sergeant in Abuja, Naomi Danlami faked her own death on social media, lied to the world on Facebook she was kidnapped by unknown gunmen whereas she was fundraising in the process to raise money for her wedding to her loverboy.

When the Police Inspector General Intelligent Response Team, IRT, got to work, revealed her last known location to be somewhere in Nasarawa State. The police initially detained this personnel, Danlami, following suspicions that she faked her own kidnap to extort ransom from well-wishers to fund her wedding.

On April 18, Danlami had announced her engagement on Facebook, but the next day, reports of her abduction were made on a Facebook group she belonged to.

However, when the policewoman’s family called her phone number, her supposed abductors said they didn’t want money but just wanted to kill her.

“Some of her friends in various social media groups started posting about raising funds for her, saying it would make her abductors free her,” a source said.

“During the fundraising exercise, there were dissenting voices who expressed doubts about the abduction story. Some of her colleagues said she had a history of criminal behavior; they said she was not truthful, not to be trusted, and that her lifestyle was wayward.”

As efforts to secure her release intensified, Usman Baba-Alkali, the Inspector-General of Police, ordered the IRT to fish out Danlami’s abductors.

When the IRT got to work, they revealed her last known location to be somewhere in Nasarawa State. Danlami would suddenly appear on Saturday, claiming she escaped from the kidnappers’ den where she was molested.

She was reported to have insisted on returning to work as though nothing happened, to the surprise of those around her, consequently raising suspicion from the Force Headquarters.

“We all thought that if she was kidnapped and molested in addition, the first thing for her to do was go to a hospital for examination and possible treatment, not to show up at work straightaway,” said the source.

Danlami went to work, and the IRT detained her as they continued their investigation into the matter.

An audio by a policewoman who, in addition to knowing Danlami, helped with the fundraising accused her of causing her discomfort during the supposed kidnap, only to turn out it was staged.

She said, “See suffer wey I suffer. Do you know that the kidnappers called; they are not kidnappers. It is set up, this girl just set it up; she needs money. That girl is wicked, see the wey I just de cry since.”

The IRT eventually released Danlami on Tuesday, according to the source, but the circumstances of her release remain unknown.

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