Critics who have lambasted the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah may be taken by surprise the weight of some facts the Police had uncovered during its investigation in the alleged ‘kidnapping’ of 28-year-old Josephine Panyin Simson in Takoradi. According to a special aide of the Minister, Justice Acquah the Police had monitored mobile communications between the conspirators or abductors in the case and realized that the entire ‘kidnapping’ was staged.
According to him, it took the Western Regional Minister to pay a ransom of Three thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC3,000.00) to the supposed kidnappers, to enable the police put a trace on the contact number of they used. Mr. Acquah told Takoradi-based radio station, Skyy Power FM that the police intelligence unit keenly monitored the conversation on the number the ‘kidnappers’ used for their transaction and realized suspicious phone calls between the victim, Josephine Panyin, and the mother during the period she was allegedly held hostage.
This detail as provided by the Regional Minister’s aide is the reason the police had named the victim as a suspect in this case. It is reported that three others including the husband, mother and the pastor of Josephine Panyin Simson have been arrested too and assisting investigations.
The conclusion as drawn by Mr. Acquah is that the suspects had a grand scheme to extort monies from authorities and sympathizers. With these suspects current in police custody, it is expected that some convincing report would soon be published to update the public on the status of the case.
Should the evidence as gathered by the police prove that Josephine and the husband or mother conspired to extort money by faking a kidnap, they surely will face the court.
Already, the Police after a medical examination had reported that Josephine was never pregnant, and thus diffused claims that she lost her baby to her assailants. The news has been received with some protest by the family and other neighbours who knew the victim/suspect.
They think that the investigation is biased, and intended to cover up the truth. Others have cursed that calamity befall the Minister and the police if they attempt to fabricate stories to hurt the reputation of the family.
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