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Police in Akyem Oda in the Eastern Region on Monday [February 17, 2020] arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of kidnapping a nine-year-old boy at Jamaica, a suburb of Akym Asuboa.

Identified as Ebenezer Oko, the suspect is in police custody to assist with investigations.

According to the police on Sunday morning [February 16, 2020], the suspect who claimed to be a stranger from Accra asked the nine-year-old victim [name withheld] to assist him find his way from Akyem Asuboa to Akyem Manso which is a neighbouring town.

Later in the afternoon, the suspect called the mother of the victim on mobile phone to demand an amount of GH¢5,000 as ransom for his release, according to the police.

The police in a press statement said further investigations showed that the suspect travelled with the victim via public transport, a mini bus (trotro), from Akyem Asuboa to Akyem Manso and continued to Akyem Asene and finally to Akyem Oda where the police traced and arrested him.

Mother of the victim, Sofomaame who spoke to Nana Ampratwum on Omanbapa show said,

''My son was with me on Sunday at church and he was even our Bible reader for the service''

''After the service he complained he would want to go to the washroom''

''Unfortunately the kidnapper met him at the place and lured him to follow him''

''I sent one of my younger sisters on an errand only for her to return and alert me that she saw my son in the company of the kidnapper along the road but when she called my son he did not respond''

''So I asked if she by any means knew the man[kidnapper] or her brother[my son] knew the man''

''Few moments later I heard my phone ringing and the voice was the kidnapper demanding an amount of GHC5000 in order to release my son...So I became angry and begun to rain curses on him that he cannot kill my son''

''My elder brother talked to him[kidnapper] and he said my son had been moved to Asaman so we sent him an amount of money but he was nowhere near the location he directed us to pick up m son... we had no choice than to immediately report the case to the police''

''He demanded additional monies after we had tried means several means to get to him but through police investigations they were able to get to him''



Last modified on Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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