A sales representative of a famous pharmaceutical company in Edo state has been arrested by men of the Edo state police command for alleged self-kidnapping.
Police operatives rescued the suspect from the anti-kidnapping And Cybercrime Unit of the Edo state police command.
The suspect, Chikezie Precious, 25, was employed as a sales representative with a pharmaceutical company three years ago.
The suspect supplies drugs to most states in Southern Nigeria.
A police report revealed that Chikezie ran into a financial problem as he owed the company some amount of money from drugs sales.
The company was said to have engaged him to repay the debt owed.
Standard Gazette gathered that, as a move to make the company write off the debt, the Chikezie went into hiding and raised a false alarm that he has been kidnapped on the road.
Chikezie harshed his plans on his way back to Benin from Auchi to Agbo, Edo State, by dumping the company van along Ewohimi-Agbor road in Edo State.
He left the key on the driver’s seat and took public transport to Benin city, where he lodged into a Hotel.
Standard Gazette learned that Chikezie allegedly switched off his mobiles phones and requested his friend to call his company’s management that he has been kidnapped along Ewohimi-Agbor road by unknown gunmen.
The management urgently reported the matter at Igbanke police station, the nearest station to where the company van was recovered.
The matter was then transferred to the office of the Anti Kidnapping And Cybercrime Unit of the Edo state police command for further investigation.
Through high technical means, Chikezie was arrested in Benin city, where he attempted to take advantage of the high rate of abduction to clear his debts.
The suspect, Chikezie Precious, told Standard Gazette’s correspondent, Festus Alenkhe that,” I owe my company over N900,000, and they have been disturbing me to pay back.
“After too much stress, l decided to fake my kidnapping to see if they could write off the debt for me. I lodged in the hotel at Ikpoba Hill in Benin city and asked my friend to call my boss to announce my kidnapping”.
When asked about the whereabouts of his friend who made the call, he said, “I really don’t know where he is right now. Maybe he has escaped.”
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bello Kontongs, said, “The suspect will be thoroughly investigated, profiled and charge to court”.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe writes that the police has handed over the recovered van to the company on bond.