News of another reported case of an alleged kidnapping in Takoradi in the Western Region has turned out to be fake, Power 97.9 FM sources can confirm.
It was announced on Takoradi-based Connect FM over the weekend that Stephanie Kumiwaa, age 26, had been abducted by unknown men.
Her boyfriend, Stephen Kumi, said the last time he spoke with Stephanie was on Sunday, October 17 when she promised to visit him after church.
“I didn’t hear from her again after the long chat on phone, only for me to be called the next day by some guys using my girlfriend’s phone that they had kidnapped her and that I should pay GHS2,000 otherwise she would be raped and used for rituals,” Kumi stated in a DGN report.
He narrated further that, after days of back and forth, he and a friend of the alleged victim, whose name has only been given as Sandra, contributed GHS1,000 and sent to the guys through Stephanie’s phone, only for the alleged kidnappers to still demand another GHS2,000.
But Power FM’s reporter in Takoradi, Nana Benyin Paintsil reports that the kidnapping incident is false.
“I went to Mpohor [where the victim lives] and engaged Mr Bentil, the Assembly Member of the area and he denied ever hearing of any kidnapping case. I also required from the Mpohor Police and they denied. The Cheif inspector who was on duty declined to grant an interview but stated that there hasn’t been any such matter before them,” Paintsil said on Power FM midday news.
He also told Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman that the DCE for Mpohor, Mr Atta Mensah, was contacted about the matter and he also denied it.
“He said he was in a meeting at the time I called but stated that it is not true that a lady had been kidnapped in his area,” Nana Benyin added.
The Ghana Police Service is yet to officially comment on the issue.