Police in Uganda on Monday 7pm arrested a pastor’s wife for allegedly “kidnapping herself” with the intention of extorting money from her unsuspecting husband.
Mariam Kusubira “disappeared” in Kampala on June 6 and was found on Monday, June 11.
According to Uganda’s New Vision, Mariam had “gone to buy land in Kawuku, Entebbe road, where she reportedly went missing”.
Her husband, Pastor Shadrack Kusubira of Noah’s Ark Church in Kampala, would later receive a phone call to inform him that Mariam had been kidnapped.
Mr Kusubira was asked to pay a ransom of Ksh1.32 million (Ush50 million) by men, who identified themselves as Mariam’s kidnappers.
Speaking to NTV Uganda, Mr Kusubira revealed the kidnappers told him: “We have detained your wife. You need to pay Ush50 million (Ksh1.3 million) to secure her release.”
Upon receiving that shocking call, Mr Kusubira alerted Ugandan police about his wife’s kidnapping.
The law-enforcers immediately swung into action, and traced Mariam to her daughter’s house, where she was hiding, NTV Uganda says.
New Vision, however, reports that Mariam “is said to have eloped with another man”. This revelation was made by Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire.
“After arresting her, Mariam admitted she had faked her own kidnapping. She further acknowledged giving false information to the police,” said Mr Owoyesigire.
According to the initial false claims by Mariam, she had been “picked up by strangers on June 6 as she was on her way to buy a piece of land.”
Prior to being found Monday, social media was fraught with rumours that Mariam “had been killed and her body parts cut off”.
Mariam remains locked up at Katwe police post in Kampala as investigations into the matter continue.