A woman who faked her own kidnapping to get money from her sister has been arrested by the police.

Torkwase Ayakpa was one of the 24 suspects paraded before the media by the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Ayakpa said her sister had refused to give her money she asked for to start a small business, after she was forced to leave her work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 37-year-old then enlisted the help of Fidelis Ikule who she gave her phone to tell her sister that she had been kidnapped.

When Ikule called Ayakpa's sister, he told her that the non-existent kidnappers were asking for N20,000 in exchange for her freedom.

Ayakpa said she had not forwarded any bank account number for the ransom to be paid before she was traced and arrested alongside Ikule by the Anti-One Chance unit of the FCT Command at Mashafa village, Mpape.

She told journalists she was unaware she was committing a crime, and had taken it as a joke.

"I took it like a joke like I wanted to know whether she loves me. Nobody directed me.

"Even as I was doing the thing, I was laughing. I didn't know that it's a crime," she said.

The suspect's mother is reportedly currently hospitalised as a result of the shock she suffered upon receiving the news of her abduction.

Ikule, 36, said he tried to talk Ayakpa out of the plot and told her to speak to her sister instead of faking a kidnapping, but that she assured him the sister would not cause a problem for him.

The two met and struck up a friendship when Ayakpa worked as a housemaid and Ikule worked as a security guard for the same employer in Abuja.