Nigerian soldier fakes kidnap in Calabar

Nigerian soldier fakes kidnap in Calabar

A Nigerian soldier decided to stage his own kidnap in Calabar, Cross River state.

Nigerian soldier fakes kidnap in Calabar

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 Sometime last week, a Nigerian soldier identified as Musa Lawal, was reportedly kidnapped in Calabar, Cross River state, it turns out he allegedly faked the whole thing.

Lawal had reportedly been kidnapped after leaving a bank, but the whole incident was revealed to be arranged by the soldier who needed to make an undisclosed illegal movement to Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

During investigation, it was revealed that Lawal had earlier had an encounter with an unknown group in Port Harcourt, after which he joined his girlfriend in her apartment in Eket, Akwa Ibom state, where he was later found by security operatives.

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Capt. Kayode Owolabi, the 13 Brigade Army Public Relations Officer (PRO) in Calabar, said:

Nothing like that ever took place. It is all rumour because it is not possible to abduct someone in Calabar without attracting public attention in the broad daylight, let alone a soldier who is fully dressed. You must get a pass before you are allowed to travel. Whatever they are saying is not true. The man is with us.”

Na wa oo.

A source said:“He faked his own kidnap because he wanted to have some time out with a group in Port Harcourt. He had an encounter with them from investigations made. It was an illegal operation that he went for and after the operation he relocated to the girlfriend’s house in Eket. He was picked up in his girlfriend’s house in Eket and he is presently being detained in one of the barracks in Calabar. He has confessed that he was not actually kidnapped.” Kehinde Matthew, who lives in the army barracks, said Lawal was seen being escorted by security who wanted to have him searched.“He was on a leg chain when he was escorted to his apartment in the barracks on Saturday. He was brought in by some security operatives that included military police. He wore a blue jean and black T’ shirt.” 

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