The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has revealed that the alleged kidnapped 28-year-old woman in Takoradi was never pregnant as it has been widely carried across the country.
According to the minister, the preliminary investigation and examinations carried out by doctors in charge of the kidnapped lady and the BNI, which has been made available to him shows that the story of the kidnapping could be false and the woman was never pregnant.
The victim, Josephine Panyin Mensah, who was alleged to be nursing a near-term pregnancy, was reported missing after going for a routine dawn walk on Thursday, September 16, 2021, in Takoradi.
But in an interview monitored by ABC News, the Western Regional Minister claims that according to the investigations by the BNI, the story of kidnapping is fake.
“Information available to me from national security and doctors indicates that the ’missing but found woman’ was never pregnant,” he said.
He further explained that “Yesterday, the BNI sent me report that the woman has been found and she is at the Axim Hospital. So the police were there and she is being examined by a medical doctor. But first of all, from their preliminary investigations they suspect that this whole story was fake. The medical doctor who has even looked at her says the woman was never pregnant so they do not understand why it has been bandied around that she was pregnant.
He insists the dirty outlook she was spotted with when she was found might have been as a result of spending days in her hideout.
“I have asked the Police to investigate Josephine and her husband since I suspect the whole episode could be a hoax”, the Minister said in an earlier interview with Kofi TV.
But, the husband of Josephine, Michael Simmons, insists his wife was pregnant prior to her abduction.
“My wife was nine months pregnant and move in with her mum because her delivery date was due prior to the kidnapping incident. I am very worried about the rumors making rounds and I want to halt the interview to process my thoughts”, he told Accra-based Citi FM.
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