Zambian police arrested a 19-year-old woman accused of faking her own kidnapping as she told her uncle she was abducted by unidentified men on her way to church, local media reported.
Zambia police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga says the woman left home under the pretext that she was going to church, but instead went to her boyfriend’s house where she allegedly falsely claimed to have been abducted.
Her uncle was called by the ‘abductors’ demanding a ransom of 50,000 Zambian Kwacha ($3,100; £2,800) otherwise they would harm her and claimed she had been injected with an unknown substance and that she was held captive in a secret place.
Police then investigated the claim which they say turned out to be false, and were able to retrieve the woman from her boyfriend’s house.
She has since been charged and arrested for the offence of cheating, which is against Zambian law.
If found guilty, she could be fined and sentenced to prison for up to three years.