Suspected kidnapper appears before court

Samuel Udoetuk Wills, who has been arrested in connection with kidnapping cases in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis pleaded not guilty to all charges against him when he appeared yesterday before the Takoradi District Court, here.

The court presided over by Mr Michael Ampadu, remanded him in police custody for further interrogations and to reappear on January 16.

He was charged with causing unlawful damage, escaping from lawful custody and resisting arrest.

The accused, 28-year old Nigerian, who resides at Kansawurudo, a suburb of the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis showed no sign of remorse in court.

Presenting the case, the prosecutor, Inspector Bernard Paa Ahensa tendered in evidence a dress and scarf which were found during the re-arrest of the accused at his hideout at Kansawurado and the iron rod he used to cut the burglary proof at the Takoradi Central Police station and escaped.

The dress and scarf have been identified by parents of one of the victims Priscilla Mantsebea Koranche, who was kidnapped on 21st of December, 2018.

There was a heavy police presence at the Takoradi District Court, when the accused appeared in court.

As at 10a.m. when the Ghanaian Times arrived at the court, policemen in full gears were positioned at vantage points both inthe court and outside to forestall any eventualities.

A huge crowd had also gathered at the court premises, located at the Market Circle in the central business district of the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis to catch a glimpse of the accused.

Wills, a prime suspect in kidnapping cases, escaped from police custody on the afternoon of Sunday, December 30, at the Takoradi Central Police Station in the Western Region, but was recaptured at dawn last Friday, at his hideout, in an uncompleted building located between Kansaworido and Diabene, suburbs of the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis early dawn.

It was alleged that at about 4.50pm, on December 30 he cut the windows of burglar proof of the cells and escaped at the blind side of the personnel on duty.

The police personnel officers on duty were given ten days to recapture the fugitive who is suspected to be behind three kidnapping cases which occurred at Kansaworodo, Ahenkofi and Kwesimintsim on August 17, December 4 and December 18, respectively.

The police alleged that in one instance, the kidnappers used mobile number 0500918630 to call victim’s parents, warning them to pay a ransom and not to resort to police because latter cannot help them.

Sources told the Ghanaian Times that, a victim(name withheld), aged  18,  was  kidnapped on December 4, and when  the matter was  reported at the  Central Police Station, Takoradi, the suspected kidnappers demanded  a ransom of  Gh¢8,000.00.

The kidnappers, communicated on 0547397705 belonging to the victim.

Again, information indicated  that,  another girl, also  15, was  also kidnapped on Saturday December 22, around Kansaworodo,  a suburb of Takoradi, and  the  kidnappers communicating on 0279417375 (victim’s number) and 0503643283 (kidnapper(s) number,   asking  for a ransom of GH¢5,000 .

During negotiations with victim’s parents, they paid GH¢1,000 but victim has since not been released.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, TAKORADI

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