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General News of Wednesday, 23 January 2019


Takoradi kidnapper mocking Ghana in cells - Police

Sammy Willis has refused to talk to security personnel about his crimes Sammy Willis has refused to talk to security personnel about his crimes

The Nigerian kidnapping suspect who is being prosecuted in Takoradi is reported to be mocking the Ghanaian security agencies in his cells, a police source has told Starr News.

According to the source, Sammy Willis boasts among his cell mates that he alone is holding the security forces in Ghana to ransom even after a number of kidnappings.

“The guy is enjoying in prison, he is hailed as king in his cells. He brags that he has kidnapped many people . He has been mocking Ghana in the cells, he says we can’t do anything about it,” the officer told

The frustrated police officer also wondered why the Takoradi Police command has not transferred the suspect to the special interrogation unit at the Police headquarters in Accra where believes experts will be able to extract the whereabouts of his victims.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection wants the police to up the ante in unmasking the culprits behind the kidnapping.

Madam Cynthia Morrison said she is in a “panic mood” and the onus lies on the security agencies to restore confidence in the public.

“They [police] should up their game because kidnapping is not what we hear of in Ghana. It’s sad and I sympathise with the family,” she told Morning Starr host Francis Abban on Wednesday, 23 January 2019.

Kidnapping has been on the rise in the oil-rich region. Residents of the Western region say about seven people have been kidnapped so far, a claim the police have disputed. The police put the figure at three.

A parent of one of three girls who have been kidnapped lamented the alleged kidnappers have refused to bring back his daughter even after paying a demanded ransom.

The Gender Minister has served notice of a meeting with the police chief David Asante-Apeatu to speed up the process of closing in on the kidnappers.