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General News of Wednesday, 31 July 2019


Takoradi kidnapping suspects plead not-guilty in court

The two Nigerians, Sam Udoetuk Wills and John Oji, charged with six counts of conspiracy to commit a crime to with kidnapping and kidnapping in the three Takoradi girls’ kidnapping case have pleaded not guilty at a Sekondi High Court after the State Attorney, Patient Klenogo, read her amended charge sheet.

The Presiding Judge, Hanna Taylor, subsequently adjourned the case to 16th October 2019 to allow the state Attorney to serve the accused with the charge sheet and the statement of fact as well as present any other witnesses or exhibits at the next sitting.

One of the aggrieved parents who was not amused by the proceedings and delays in seeing her kidnapped daughter attacked the accused just outside the courtroom and took the intervention of the police to rescue the accused from the heckling.

The main suspect in the kidnapping, Sam Udoetuk Wills, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for escaping from cells in December 2018 following his arrest.

Over the period, residents in the Takoradi Sekondi-metropolis have voiced concern over the pace of the investigations.

Some groups held protests and also petitioned the President and the Sekondi Regional Coordinating Council over the case.

The girls; Ruth Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla Koranchie, are believed to have been kidnapped between August 2018 and January 2019.

Aside from the main suspect, some other arrests have been made in the course of the investigations. But these arrests did not result in any substantive leads.

About eight persons were arrested in the Eastern Region over the kidnapping during a swoop by the regional command in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region.