Girl, 18, Granted Bail Over Fake Kidnapping

The Accra Regional Police have granted a police enquiry bail to a teenager over an alleged feigned kidnapping.

Police are also searching for Doreen Nkunu’s alleged accomplices.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, Head of Public Affairs Unit of the Command, made this known to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra.

She said on January 4, 2021, the Adenta Police received a complaint from Nkunu’s father that the previous day, January 3, 2021 at about 2pm, Doreen Nkunu,18, a Senior High School final year student left home unceremoniously and had since not returned.

The police said the teenager’s father said during WhatsApp chats with Doreen’s cell phone number, an unidentified person who claimed to have had Doreen in his custody demanded a ransom of GHC 1,000 and subsequently provided phone numbers into, which the money should be paid.

DSP Tenge said investigations commenced assiduously by the Intelligence Unit to get the suspect involved arrested.

“Whilst investigation was ongoing, on Friday January 8, 2021 at about 10am, complainant brought in his daughter, Doreen, who was reported missing on January 4, 2021, with a report that, on January 7, 2021 at about 10pm, the said daughter returned home on her own, looking normal and healthy,” she added.

The police said the complainant indicated further that, she did not pay the ransom demanded.

“It is highly suspected that Doreen feigned her kidnapping with other accomplices who might be her boyfriend, to create fear and alarm in order to force her parents to part with the money,” she indicated.

The police said Doreen had been interrogated, cautioned with the offence of Publication of false news, contrary to section 208 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 ( Act 29 ) and released on Police enquiry bail.

“Painstaking investigations are underway to arrest Doreen’s accomplices,” she stated.


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