SHS Girl Arrested Over Kidnap Hoax

Esther Boadiwaa

FOMENA District Police Command has arrested an 18-year-old student of T I
Ahmadiyya Senior High School for allegedly faking her own kidnap.

Boadiwaa, according to the police, hatched a plan to visit her boyfriend at
Hohoe in the Volta Region and in the process lied to her parents that she had
been kidnapped.

As a
result, she has been charged with making a false publication with intent to
cause fear and alarm to the public, contrary to section 208 of the Criminal
Offences Act (Act 29/60).

The fake
incident happened on December 23 last year and reported to the police on
January 6, the Fomena District Police Commander, Supt. Albert Fii Ochil, said.

to him, Esther sent an audio recording to her mother, Akosua Abuyaa, in which
she claimed that she had been kidnapped by three men who
had taken her to Hohoe.

narrated that the girl claimed in the audio that the men were taking turns to
have sexual intercourse with her, but had not demanded any ransom.

to the police, an action to search for Esther was initiated until it was
established it was a hoax.

He said
the girl, after hiding with the boyfriend at Hohoe for two weeks, returned to
Fomena and accompanied her mother to the police station to inform officers of
her return.

police commander said Esther initially repeated the account relayed to her
parents, but later confessed during police interrogations that she concocted
the story of kidnap in order to outwit her mother, who would have prevented her
from visiting the boyfriend at Hohoe.

Ochil asserted that the girl had earlier lied that she visited her brother, one
Acheampong, in Kumasi, and added that Esther would be put before court to
answer the charge of false alarm.

From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi