A Nigerian traditional chief in the state of Lagos has been suspended after he confessed to faking his own kidnap.
Lagos state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the incident was “an embarrassment to the state”.
He said in a statement that investigations had found that Chief Yusuf Ogundare had conspired with his family to frame a rival chief for the disappearance.
Kidnappings for ransom are common in southern Nigeria.
The governor ordered the chief to stop performing his chieftain duties immediately – to “stop parading [yourself] as Baale of Shangisha with immediate effect”.
Chief Ogundare was reported to have been kidnapped on 5 July and released by his captors six days later.