Safiyanu Amira, a young Nigerian woman who falsely reported a kidnapping on Twitter a few days ago, has admitted that nothing happened and apologized to Nigerians.
In a series of tweets, Amira claimed that she and 17 other victims were kidnapped at gunpoint from various sections of Abuja last Tuesday by men in uniform, transported away in a van, and then divided into two groups.
She had also tweeted the claimed kidnappers’ positions, claiming they were unaware she had a phone with her.
A slew of worried Nigerians instantly retweeted the alarm message, appealing with the government to intervene.
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command later announced that it had located and discredited the purported kidnapping of Safiyanu Amira.
“The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command wishes to categorically debunk the viral news of one Safiyanu Amira and seventeen (17) others allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint by Armed men in Police uniform on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at about 1:00 pm, and to state that Safiyanu Amira is currently safe in Police custody.”
“While she is currently receiving medical care in accordance with worldwide best practices, the investigation is ongoing, and the results will be released later. Oduniyi Omotayo, the command’s Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, issued a statement.
In a post on Monday, June 20, Amirah apologized to the public while verifying that there was no kidnapping.
She claimed she had gone out of her house on purpose to those areas and starved herself for four days.
“Hello everyone, I’d like to formally apologize to the general public, the entire police department, and my friends and family for misleading them with the below tweet; nothing of the sort happened, and it was all just my delusions and negative thinking. I’d also like to express my gratitude to those who helped me with this.
I purposefully left our house, traveled to these spots, walked into the bushes, and dehydrated and starved myself for four days straight; there was no kidnapping, nothing at all.
Amira’s tweet, however, stirred more concern for tweeps, as many expressed doubts that all is well with the young lady.
A Twitter user @Oghenetega_Ara wrote,
I don’t believe this, maybe she was forced to type this or someone is doing it on her behalf. She should release a video of herself at home with her family,let’s be sure before I know what to say”.
@Ellasoma21, “She is not well”.
@OlaitanMicheal6 wrote, “This girl is sick…really sick. In future, another person fit tweet say dem don kidnap am, and people no go take am serious, coz na this kind thing go cause am”