Two people, one of whom is a journalist, are supporting police in their investigations into what appears to be another fake kidnapping drama in Mpohor, Western Region.
The perpetrators are Stephen Kumi, a 33-year-old alleged boyfriend of Stephanie Kumiwaa, the woman who was kidnapped, and Paa Kwesi Sampson of Connect Fm.
The journalist’s boyfriend is being held in police custody, while the journalist’s boyfriend has been freed on bail.
On October 17, 2021, Ghanaweb carried a publication authored by Paa Kwesi Sampson of Connect Fm in Takoradi, according to a statement made by the Police and signed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Olivia Ewerabena Adiku, Head of Public Affairs at the Western Regional Police Command.
The Takoradi Divisional Police Command launched an investigation into the case of Stephanie Kumiwaa, a 26-year-old Mpohor resident.
The police consulted with the Mpohor District Police Command, and checks revealed that no such case had been reported. As a result, the two suspects who had reported the story were arrested without delay.
Stephen told police that he met Stephanie on Facebook and began dating her during his interrogation.
Stephanie called to say she was coming to see him on October 17, 2021, but she didn’t show up, he said.
On October 19, 2021, he received a phone call from a friend of Stephanie’s, informing him that someone had contacted Stephanie’s phone number and informed her that she had been kidnapped and the alleged kidnappers demanded a ransom of GHC2,000.
However, Stephen Kumi was escorted to Mpohor by police, and all attempts to contact Stephanie and Sandra’s residence and family members for confirmation of the reported incident were useless.
Paa Kwesi was given police enquiry bail whereas Stephen Kumi was arrested and held right away.
As a result, the police have warned the local media to be cautious in their reporting and to always double-check material with the Western Regional Police Command before publishing anything.