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Missing Lands Commission staff, AG takes over case prosecution

The prosecution of the case in which a lecturer at the Department of Petroleum Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is standing trial over the disappearance of his wife, is now going to be done by the Attorney General (AG).

Rhodaline Amoah-Darko, 32, and a staff of the Lands Commission in the Ashanti Region, has not been missing since August 30.

The police have said they have new evidence linking the lecturer, Dr Wilberforce Aggrey to the abduction of Rhodaline and the expectation was that they were going to tell the Asokwa District Court what the new evidence was when the case was called today (Friday, November 26) but that was not to be.

Police Chief Inspector Moore Ankrah rather informed the court that the Office of the Attorney General has expressed interest in taking over the prosecution of the case.

The case was accordingly being handed over to the AG. The lawyer representing the lecturer, Dr Chris Adomako Boakye, did not raise any objection to that and the case was subsequently adjourned to Friday, December 10.

Dr Aggrey who is being held in police custody suffered a setback in his legal battle to regain his freedom, when he applied to the High Court to overturn an order by the Asokwa District Court that he should be held in police custody.

His bail application was denied by a Kumasi High Court, presided over by Justice Priscilla Dikro, after the AG had told the court that new evidence emerging implicates Dr. Aggrey and that if he was freed on bail, he could interfere with that.

The lecturer has been charged with faking the wife’s kidnap. This comes after police investigators have reportedly unraveled mobile phone communications that they are convinced implicate the lecturer.

After Rhodaline had gone missing, communication from her mobile phone by her suspected abductors, demanding ransom payment, came from a location, close to her residence.

Communication from Dr. Aggrey’s mobile phone, reporting the incident to some relatives, is also said to have come from the same location (cell tower).

Dr Aggrey is alleged to have admitted making the phone calls and told police investigators that, the suspected kidnappers of Rhodaline, forced him to do that as they threatened to harm his family if he did not do as told.

Added to the mobile phone communication, has been the inconsistency in the lecturer’s responses – what he has been telling the police investigators.

He is alleged to have told police investigators that he sent Rhodaline, to somewhere near the Volta Lake.

The husband has however been unable to tell where exactly he sent the wife to. He has also not been able to explain why Rhodaline has not returned home.

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AG Chris Adomako Boakye Moore Ankrah Rhodaline Amoah-Darko Wilberforce Aggrey

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