Monday, 29 November

Takoradi ‘pregnant’ woman’s neighbours, co-tenants curse regional minister, police

General News
A man saying prayers to the gods to strike all sceptics of the woman's story

Some neighbours and co-tenants of Josephine Panyin Mensah have rained curses on the Ghana Police Service and the Western Regional Minister for doubting that the 28-year-old woman faked her pregnancy and alleged kidnapping.

They thronged the streets of Takoradi Columbia in the victim-now-turned-suspect’s neighbourhood to pour libation and break eggs to hex the police and sceptics.

Some of her neighbours and co-tenants said they saw her heavily pregnant.

Josephine went missing on 16 September and was found at Axim a few days later without her apparent full-term pregnancy.

She claims she was kidnapped and delivered while in the custody of her kidnappers.

Both the Western Regional Minister and the police have doubted the claim and accused her of faking it all.

The police, in a statement, announced the arrest of three persons suspected to have conspired with the lost-but-found woman over her disappearance and alleged pregnancy.

The police noted that for a number of years, the regional command has recorded several false kidnapping cases in which people conspired to create “self-kidnapping” incidents to make money out of ransoms.

The police further noted that medical experts have concluded that Mrs Mensah was never pregnant.

According to the law enforcement agency, Mrs Mensah, during her interrogation, mentioned the European Hospital in Takoradi as the hospital for her antenatal reviews and assessment but medical records at the facility suggest that she visited the hospital without pregnancy somewhere in October last year.

Meanwhile, the family of Mrs Mensah are asking the Western Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, to retract and apologise for claiming their relative falsified her pregnancy and alleged kidnapping.

The family insist she was pregnant at the time of her abduction.