The Apremdo Divisional Stool of Ahanta Traditional Council has condemned in no uncertain terms the increasing fake kidnapping in the Western Region.
The Chief of the Traditional Area, Nana Egya Kwamina Xl said such reports could plunge the Western Region into any form of insecurity.
A statement signed and issued by the Chief of Apremdo Divisional Stool on Monday, 25th October 2021, states “The Apremdo Divisional Stool (ADS) of Ahanta Traditional Council (ATC) has noted with grave concerns, bizarre incidents of fake kidnapping reports being circulated in Western Region.”
According to the traditional leader, one of the staged kidnapping incidents in Takoradi last Friday when a lady who faked her kidnapping had to be arrested by the Ghana Police Service.
Identified as Joana Krah, a resident of Kojokrom, the lady last Friday faked her kidnapping in an attempt to demand 5000 Ghana Cedis from her godfather, but her plan to extort the money backfired when she was caught.
She reported herself to the Takoradi Police on Saturday evening after being declared wanted by the Ghana Police Service.
The lady in question has since pleaded guilty to all charges preferred against her by the Takoradi Circuit court A following her prosecution by Sargeant Yawson in charge of the case.
The suspect, Joana Krah, a.k.a Akos, 29, has been charged with publication of false news and deceiving a public officer.
She has since been convicted by the court and would accordingly be sentenced on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021.
Judge Ampedu Michael who is presiding over the case would deliver the verdict tomorrow.
“But, as we all wait patiently and anxiously for the verdict, the Apremdo Divisional Stool would like to condemn the growing phenomenon of fake kidnapping cases being reported in the Western Region.
“We would like to caution against this disturbing conduct creating tension and insecurity in the region,” he said
Again, the Chief said the Divisional Stool would like to commend the Ghana Police Service for constantly acting promptly and decisively in handling these cases of fake kidnapping.
“As men in uniform, they must continue on this tangent, and deal drastically with all citizens flouting the laws of the country and taking the laws of the land into their own hands.
“We want to use this medium to appeal to Chiefs, Imams, religious leaders, and all stakeholders who matter in this issues to use every means to preach against this disturbing phenomenon.”
“Insecurity, fear, and panic in whatever form, must not be countenanced in the region else we could throw the harmonious peace and stability we enjoy out of control.”
“Together, let us protect our security architecture, and promote harmony for sustainable development of our region” he concluded.
By: : Zambaga Rufai | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana