Police, on June 18, arrested Pastor Richard Onyekachukwu who faked his own kidnap, and demanded N10 Million ransom from his family members. His wife and another pastor, Enoch, connived with him and played along.
Pastor Onyedikachukwu confesses:
‘I am from Idemili South council area. I am the second child in a family of seven. I am a pastor and contractor. I live in Marawa, Nasarawa state.
‘I had a big church, but the roof was blown away by the wind. The name of my church is Resurrection Power Church. I took some loans to assist the businesses that I was doing to support the ministry. It was about N600,000:00.
‘I found myself in financial challenges, and paying the loan became difficult.
‘The banks were after me and I didn’t know what to do. I was thinking of getting money from my younger brother, Prosper, a rich civil servant, to offset the loan before I was dragged to court. It wasn’t easy; that was why the thought of self-kidnap came to me.
‘I called my friend, Enoch, and shared my thoughts with him. Enoch is also a pastor. Initially he did not accept, but after some time, he agreed. I told him that even if it is N1,000, 000 or N500,000, I will be satisfied.
‘I demanded N10million, and they bargained to N5 million and finally N2million. We were still waiting to hear from him when police arrested me at home..’