From February to October this year, the Sekondi Police Command has recorded close to two dozens ‘false alerts’ or ‘fake’ kidnap and or abduction cases. This has been described as very worrying as personnel often get to exhaust their time and state resources pursuing these ‘hoax’.
The Sekondi Divisional Commander, Chief Supt Dima Zoiku told the media that over eighteen (18) missing, abduction, and kidnapping cases reported at the police station from February to October 2020 turned out to be fake after thorough investigations by the police.
“Because of the four missing Takoradi Girls case, the police administration has decided not to take incidents of such nature as a joke or lightly and I can tell you on authority since assumption of office as the divisional commander for Sekondi, eighteen of the cases of missing children, abduction and kidnapping all turned out not to be true”, he lamented.
He disclosed that most of the cases involved ladies between the ages of 16 to 22 who stage-manage their own kidnapping in a bid to make money out of their parents.
“We have also noticed that some of the parents are not being responsible; they don’t care about the welfare of their kids,” Chief Supt Zoiku added.
He has therefore issued a stern warning to the public especially the youth to desist from such behaviour and warned that offenders will be prosecuted when caught
“Parents must talk to their children to desist from these acts which is on the ascendancy in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, the children themselves must watch out because the police will not countenance these attitudes, it is criminal so once we get you, we have to send you to court,” he warned.
He recounted how a team of police personnel nearly got involved in an accident on the main Takoradi-Winneba road, in the process of arresting a male suspect who connived with his girlfriend to dupe her mother.
So far two persons have been remanded by a Sekondi District court for faking their kidnapping.