Monday, 14 November 2016

Soldier who faked own kidnap in Calabar, arrested in lover’s apartment in Eket

The Army Public Relations Officer, PRO, in charge of 13 Brigade, Calabar, Cross Rivers State, Capt. Kayode Owolabi, has said an officer, Musa Lawal, who claimed to have been kidnapped in Calabar last Thursday, allegedly faked his abduction. The PRO insisted that there was no case of kidnap.

Lawal, who is attached to the 13th Brigade, was allegedly kidnapped by assailants shortly after stepping out
of a commercial bank along the busy Calabar Road in the state capital.

The gunmen, at about 10a.m, were said to have whisked the soldier into a waiting car, then zoomed off to an unknown destination.
But fresh report have emerged that Lawal allegedly arranged for his abduction to pave the way for an undisclosed illegal movement to Port Harcourt in Rivers State.

The PRO told Punch that there was no case of kidnap. He 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 day light, 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,” adding that in the course of investigation, Lawal travelled to Eket in Akwa Ibom State where he was eventually found in his girlfriend’s apartment by security operatives.

“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,” the PRO was quoted as saying.

Punch Newspaper.

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