Apremdo Divisional Stool condemns fake kidnapping

The Apremdo Divisional Stool (ADS) of Ahanta Traditional Council (ATC), has noted with grave concerns, bizarre incidents of fake kidnapping reports being circulated in the Western Region.

One of such incidents, it noted,  occurred in Takoradi,  last Friday,  when a woman, Joana Krah, 29,  faked her kidnapping and was arrested by the Takoradi Divisional Police Command.

In a  release signed by the  Chief of Apremdo, Nana Egya Kwamina Xl, and copied to Ghanaian Times yesterday,  the Apremdo Divisional Stool, recalled   that,  Joana Krah, resident  at  Kojokrom, faked her kidnapping  to demand GHc5,000 from her Godfather, but, her plan to extort the money “backfired.”

Subsequently,Joana appeared at the  Takoradi Circuit Court A and was jailed six years for the deceit of public officer,  two years for publication of false news with the intent to create fear and panic,on Tuesday, after she pleaded guilty to  the charges.

“The Apremdo Divisional Stool would like to condemn the growing phenomenon of fake kidnapping cases being reported in Western Region. We would like to caution against this disturbing conduct which is creating tension and insecurity in the Region,” the release added.

It believed that the sentencing of Joana would be a deterrent to others.

It commended the Ghana Police Service for constantly acting promptly and decisively in handling these cases of fake kidnapping suggesting that, insecurity, fear and panic must not be tolerated “else we could throw the harmonious peace and stability we enjoy out of control.”

It appealed to stakeholders to remain committed and united to protect the security architecture in the Western Region and also promote harmony for sustainable development in the region.

“As men in uniform, they must continue on this tangent, and deal drastically with all citizens flouting the laws of the country.We want to use this medium to appeal to chiefs, imams, religious leaders, and all stakeholders, to use every means to preach against this disturbing phenomenon,”the release said.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, APREMDO

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