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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 28 February 2013

Source: Daily Guide

Two arrested for kidnapping boy, 8

Two persons who conspired to kidnap a 8-year-old pupil of the University Primary School, Legon, has been arrested in a joint effort by the Ayi Mensah and Legon Police.

The two, Andrews Oppong, 24 and Kwasi Ntow, 17, have since been caged at the Legon District Police Headquarters.

They have been slapped with the charges of conspiracy to kidnap and attempted kidnapping.

Barring any difficulty, the suspects would make their first appearance at the Madina District Magistrate Court today.

Seventeen-year old Kwasi Ntow was hired as a caretaker of the 8-year old pupil by his parents upon the recommendations of his uncle who lived in the same vicinity with the couple at Legon.

He was assigned to take the little boy to and from school to the house while he underwent mechanic apprenticeship as part of his remuneration.

Confirming the story, Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kwadwo Anning, the Legon District Commander, said Ntow arrived from a village near Aburi in the Eastern Region to begin his job on Monday February 18, 2013 in the home of the complainant.

The complainant quickly ensured he began his apprenticeship after conferring with him over the kind of vocation he would like to pursue.

All necessary arrangements were made and within the two days , he had begun his apprenticeship as promised.

On February 19, 2013, Ntow took the little boy to school and picked him at 3:00pm.

On February 20, however, when Ntow got to the school of the boy, he was met by Andrews Oppong who he had worked with before on a construction site at Tesano as a labourer.

Ntow then introduced Oppong to the chap as an uncle.

Oppong reportedly discussed with Ntow that he needed a human being for some sort of connection and promised Ntow that if everything went on smoothly, he would be rewarded handsomely with GHC3000.

He then gave Ntow GH¢10 and the two parted.

Ntow, instead of going back to pick the boy at school, relocated to his village and left the boy in the school till 7:00pm when Oppong showed up purportedly as the boy’s uncle to pick him.

His demeanor, however, betrayed him when security details on guard sought to quiz him. He took to his heels further deepening the suspicions of the guards.

Alas the complainant suddenly abandoned his travel that evening to Takoradi just to check on his son and Ntow only to be met with the strange absence of the two at home while his doors were left ajar.

Several calls placed to Ntow’s phone were ignored. The complainant, therefore, tasked Ntow’s uncle to either fish him out or risk being held for stealing his son.

Luck, however, smiled on him when Ntow finally answered his uncle’s call and explained he had gone back to his village without the boy.

The boy was picked from the school whereupon his father was briefed on what had transpired.

The complainant, therefore, reported the case to the Ayi Mensah Police who monitored and arrested Ntow and handed him over to the Legon Police.

The legon Police also managed to arrest Andrews Oppong.

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