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General News of Saturday, 26 January 2019


Confession of a convicted kidnapper

The past few weeks have been hell for parents across the country especially three families in Takoradi, who have been praying and hoping against hope that their kidnapped girls are found.

Not only twin cities, Sekondi-Takoradi, are in the news for all the bad reasons but there have been reports of kidnapping incidents across the country, albeit some were botched attempts.

The police have received their fair share of criticism for what many have described as a lethargic approach to finding those behind those behind the heinous task of separating families.

Perhaps helping the police to get into the minds of the kidnappers, Fraizer Aryee, a man who was once arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for kidnapping, shared his story on Ghana Connect on Joy FM, Friday.

A frustrated Spain-been-to in the 1970s, he arrived in Ghana wanting a lot to do and desperately looking for money to fly back to Europe together with his friends.

“…when I met my friends I told them the easiest way to get money [to travel] is to kidnap a rich person’s son or daughter. I went in and kidnapped a boy and took him to my ex-wife’s place and called his father.

“I told him to bring the money before I release the boy but should not inform the police. We agreed that he drops the money at the Labadi Cemetary.

“I was monitoring him until he dropped the money and I let the boy go. I took the money and crossed the lagoon to the Military barracks then to Osu,” he told Evans Mensah on Friday.

Luck ran out for him when the kidnapped boy noticed one of his friends later on.

For his part, Chukwu Emeka Eze, Executive Director with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) said, the more the kidnapings stay longer, the difficult, complicated and complex they become.

He lauded the police saying much as they are doing their best, they do not have the logistics to work.

“It is beginning to dawn on us that in most cases, it is not the effectiveness of the police but the tools with which the police work with,” he said.

He wants the state to install surveillance cameras to work and make life easy for citizens and the police when it comes to fighting crime.

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