Police in Enugu have arrested a woman that allegedly faked her own kidnap to demand a ransom from her husband.

Nancy Chukwu is accused of conspiring with a man to stage her abduction in Enugu and asking for 200,000 naira (£780; $1,250) ransom.

Mrs Chukwu, a housewife and trader, reportedly gave her husband’s phone number to her alleged accomplice— a commercial motorcyclist.

The man then called her husband and, pretending to be a kidnapper, demanded the money to be paid into an account if he wanted to see his wife again.

The woman is believed to have hidden herself with the man, waiting to get a positive response from the husband, Marcus Chukwu.

Rather than pay, he went to the police, who eventually traced the bank account to a friend of the motorcyclist.

Mrs Chukwu and the alleged accomplice were arrested, and a police spokesman later said they both confessed to the crime.

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