A 200 level Political Science student of the Abia State University Uturu, ABSU, George Nnamdi, has narrated how he faked his own kidnap.
He is currently cooling his heels with the Police.
The incident took place Wednesday night at his lodge off-campus after visiting his girlfriend.
This is happening less than one week after three students of the university were abducted by armed men on their way to Okigwe in Imo State.
Two of the students later escaped as they were being marched into the bush by their abductors while one just regained freedom after spending three days in the kidnappers’ den.
The Isialangwa South-born undergraduate after the visit to his friend left for his own lodge around 10:00 pm.
He was said to have later sent a WhatsApp message to his girlfriend informing her that he along with three other students had been abducted by some gunmen.
Narrating her experience to newsmen, Faith said George ” chatted her up on WhatsApp and informed her that he had been kidnapped by a gang of six men armed with AK-47 on his way back to his lodge after visiting her”.
Faith added that she was so worried about the fate of her friend that she decided to visit his lodge later in the morning only to discover that ” George was sleeping in his room”.
” Then I told him that he had to go and see the security people because I had already raised an alarm”.
He said he was sorry for playing such a costly joke and never thought of the implications.
According to him, he was only trying to play with his friend, adding that he did not make any financial demands for ransom as he had no evil intension.
” I’m from a poor background and who will I be expecting to pay the ransom. I just wanted to play a prank on her but I’m sorry for what happened”.
He apologized to the university management for any embarrassment his action had caused the institution.
In an interview, the Chief Security Officer of the university, Navy Commander ThankGod Evulobi (rtd.), said the development was a big embarrassment to the university particularly in view of the recent kidnap incident involving one of their students.
He said that the university joint security team including the police had obtained a statement from the boy and his girlfriend.
Meanwhile, both the boy and his friend are still in the custody of the university security.