The controversy surrounding the disappearance of 28-year-old Josephine Mensah has taken yet another dramatic twist as the police administration disputes claims that GHȻ3,000 ransom was paid to the alleged kidnappers.
Aide to the Western Regional Minister, Justice Acquah, had said the minister gave an amount of 3,000 to the police to facilitate the release of the lady.
“At the point of the payment, the mother was collaborating with the police to find the exact location of the woman. The Minister gave the money to the police to give to the kidnappers because he wanted to get to the bottom of the matter. It was an amount of GHS 3,000 given to the police through the Regional Commander. But the kidnappers initially demanded an amount of GHS 500 and increased it to a GHS 1,000”, he said in an interview.
But the police administration says it is unaware of such payments.
“Nothing of the sort came before the police here in Accra and we distance ourselves. The police administration distance itself from such matters”, Director-General, Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Kwesi Ofori said.
The Minister’s aide however stands by his comments. He insists the money was given to the police for the purposes of paying a ransom.
He spoke to Komla Adom on TV3’s Midday Live.