A Malaysian national and her Nigerian boyfriend were arrested for allegedly faking her own kidnap to get a ransom of US$500,000 (N76,124,988) from her father on Saturday.
Selangor state Criminal Investigation Department chief, SAC Mohd Adnan Abdullah told local media on Tuesday that the 23-year-old woman and her 20-year-old Nigerian boyfriend were picked up at the lobby of a hotel in Penang on the same day.
The womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father took a call from a man claiming that her daughter and her boyfriend were abducted and demanded a ransom for their release at about 3pm, Mohd Adnan told reporters.
He said the womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father, who was then in Kuching, lodged a police report shortly after.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The couple, who studied at a local private university, planned to use the ransom money for their daily expenses and education,Ã¢â‚¬Â he told reporters.
He said no money changed hands when both suspects were arrested and they were remanded at the Kajang police station until July 30 to facilitate investigations under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961.