Man Arrested For Faking Kidnap, Robbery

Emmanuel Kojo Dogbe

THE
AIRPORT Police have apprehended a 46-year-old trader for allegedly claiming he
has been kidnapped and robbed.

Suspect
Emmanuel Kojo Dogbe, according to police, fabricated the stories to cover up a
GH¢1,000 ‘susu’ that was given to him by his friends for safekeeping which he
spent.

He was
later arrested selling bitter kola around Tema Roundabout after deceiving his
friends that he was in the custody of his kidnappers.

Narrating
the story to DAILY GUIDE, the Accra Regional Police Public Relations
Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge said on December 21,
2019 around 2:00 pm, the Airport Police received a complaint from a man by name
Promise Amedzi that around 1:30 pm, his co-tenant, Emmanuel Kojo Dogbe, a native
of Togo, called and informed him on phone that he had been kidnapped while
selling bitter kola (known in local parlance as michingoro) at the Dworwulu traffic light.

She
said the complainant told the police in a report that the victim said he had
been taken to a house at Kawukudi.

She
said the police, after receiving the complaint, dialed the alleged kidnapped
victim’s phone number but it was switched off.

“The
Cyber Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters was
contacted for assistance but there were some discrepancies in the preliminary
information gathered by the police and could not locate the area,” she revealed.

DSP Tenge
continued that on December 24, 2019 around 5 pm, the victim called the phone
number of Promise Amedzi, who was then with the police assisting to locate his
friend and told him that his kidnappers had brought him to a building at
Alliance Francaise area.

On
January 8, 2020, a neighbour spotted Emmanuel Kojo Dogbe selling bitter kola at
a traffic light around Tema Motorway Roundabout and reported the matter to the police.

He was
later arrested by the police at the same area trading and brought to the police
station for questioning.

The Accra
Regional Police Public Relations Officer revealed that preliminary
investigations gathered by the police revealed that suspect Dogbe, before his
fake kidnap, had collected an amount of GH¢1,000 from his friends for safekeeping
but spent it.

“He
then fabricated the kidnap and robbery story to cover up the money he had
spent,” she stated.

She said the police had cautioned suspect Dogbe with the offence of deceit of public officer and would soon be processed for court.

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By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey

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