Western Regional Minister paid GH¢3000 to the kidnappers of Takoradi woman – Aide

Justice Acquah, the personal assistant to the Western Regional Minister, has revealed that his boss gave GH¢3000 to the police to be paid as ransom to the suspected kidnappers of the 29-year-old woman, Josephine Panyin Mensah, who was kidnapped at Takoradi.

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He said the payment of the ransom by the Regional Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko to the police was made in collaboration with the mother of the woman for her release.

In an interview on Accra-based Citi FM, Justice Acquah said "At the point of the payment, the mother was collaborating with the police to find the exact location of the woman. The Minister gave the money to the police to give to the kidnappers because he wanted to get to the bottom of the matter. It was an amount of GH¢3000 given to the police through the Regional Commander. But the kidnappers initially demanded an amount of GH¢500 and increased it to a GH¢1000."

Earlier, the Ghana Police Service announced that the missing pregnant woman is now a suspect for conspiracy to kidnapping.

According to the Police, Mrs. Mensah conspired with three others to fake her kidnapping.

In a statement copied to the media, the Police also said she was never pregnant and she planned the hoax.

"The victim, now a suspect, during interrogation mentioned the European Hospital in Takoradi as the hospital for her antenatal reviews and assessment. Medical records at the facility suggested that the lady visited the hospital without pregnancy somewhere in October last year," the statement said.

The Western Regional Minister, Darko Mensah announced that after the woman was found that she was never pregnant.

In an interview with Accra-based Angel FM after Josephine Panyin Mensah [Kidnapped woman] was reported found on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, the Minister disputed the nine-month pregnancy of the victim.

He told the interviewer that a preliminary investigation was conducted on the supposed missing but found pregnant woman reveals she wasn't pregnant.

In a statement by the Police, it said preliminary investigations reveal that she was never pregnant and conspired with others to be kidnapped.

The Police also said 3 people have been arrested in connection with the conspired kidnapping.

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