A female undergraduate who planned her kidnap with her boyfriend to extort money from her mother says she did it for love.
The Delta State University, Abraka, undergraduate who was arrested last week for faking her kidnap with her boyfriend to extort N10 million from her parents, Belynda Chinwe Bosa, has confessed to the police that she did what she did because of the love she has for the man, so as not to lose him to another woman.
The 25-year-old Mass Communication student told the police that she decided to stage manage the abduction because her boyfriend is poor and she wanted to help him get money from her parents, claiming that when one is in love, he could do anything to prove that love.
Bosa, who was paraded by the police in Asaba, Delta State, also said they wanted to use the money to set up a business and settle down as husband and wife.
Narrating what led her into the crime that has now put a dent on her image, Bosa said:
"We have been in love for over a year now. To me, I am in love and just want to get some money from my parents so that we can begin our lives together in peace.
At first I did not know that the whole thing will escalate to this extent, but here we are paraded before the whole world.
See, let me say that what I did was just to help my boyfriend to be somebody. I love him and I can do anything to assist him become somebody in the future so that we can be husband and wife.
However, I must tell you that I am regretting the whole thing because I have disgraced myself, my family. Just look me, paraded before the whole world as a kidnapper; you see love can make you look stupid at times, it makes you to do stupid things, people will not understand until they will be in love.
Our initial plan was just to get reasonable amount that can sustain us but you see, my boyfriend went ahead to ask for N10 million; where do you think my parents will get that from? My father, a medical doctor, is late and my mum is a retired school bursar, so I was not happy when they called my mum demanding for N10 million and I made it clear to my boyfriend.
I did it, I don’t want to lie, it is bad and I know it, my parents should forgive me because I was overwhelmed by love.
When you are in love, it can lead you to do stupid things that people will think are stupid, but you see what I did, I did for love because I love my boyfriend so much that I wanted to settle down with him. He has no money hence we both agreed to arrange my kidnap so that we can extort money from my parents.
The money, according to our initial plans, was to enable my boyfriend to pay my dowry and then use part of it to settle down and use the remaining money to engage in a business that we can use to take care of ourselves after marriage.
I will like to advice others to be careful, because love can be crazy and may lead to do crazy things to keep it going."
The boyfriend also stated his own part in the kidnap, stating that it was because he was so much in love with the girl and wanted to marry her by all means that he decided to go with the plan.
"When she visited me in Port Harcourt, we both agreed to find a way out and the best option was to fake the kidnap of my girlfriend.
And so, after agreeing with each other, we called the mother that her daughter has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen and after some time we called back using different GSM lines demanding for N100 million as ransom for her release.
But after negotiation, they were able to pay N500,000 into our account with a new generation bank in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. We went to collect the money and before I could know it, one of the suspects who owned the account was arrested and he led police to arrest me and my girlfriend (the victim) and it was discovered that we faked the victim’s kidnap just to extort money from the parents.
However, before the arrest, we shared the money among ourselves. I gave one of the suspects N200, 000; I took N200, 000 and equally gave another some money and at the end, I bought my girlfriend a GSM phone.
We spent my share of the money in lodging in hotel, feeding ourselves and now about N27, 000 is remaining, this was how the whole thing happened."