Makerere Student Arrested for Staging Own Kidnap, Asking for Ransom from Friends

Police in Nansana has arrested a 23 year old Makerere University student for allegedly faking her own kidnap and demanding a five millions ransom from her friends.

The student has been identified as Jane Francis Nampijja, a resident of Nsumbi, Kyebando in  Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District.

Nampijja allegedly disappeared from home on Saturday morning and sent messages to all friends using her phone, claiming that she was in the hands of kidnappers and that they were demanding a ransom.

A screenshot of Nampijja’s messages to friends asking for ransom

Her relatives immediately reported the matter at Nansana Police Station vide SD REF: 73/25/08/2018.

Police in Nansana followed intelligence leads, located and found her at Mark Cottages where she had rented a room.

The suspect has been arrested and is currently detained at Nansana Police station.

Asked to explain why she faked her own kidnap, SNampijja said the ransom money was intended to facilitate her planned outings with friends.

Tricia Ishimwe