Police warns public against false kidnap claims

Source The Ghana Report/Gloria Kafui Ahiable

The Accra Regional Police Command is cautioning the general public to desist from pranks and other acts that tend to undermine the work of the police in the fight against crime.

The directive follows the prosecution and conviction of 19-year-old Beatrice Naa Lamley Kitson Mills (a mobile money vendor) for faking her kidnap.

The convict, on June 24, 2019, allegedly conspired with three others to fake her kidnap. The four later made a ransom demand of Ten thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS 10,000) from the parents of Beatrice Mills.

Reports made to the James Town Police and further investigations however revealed that the said ‘kidnap’ was only a ploy to extort money.

Beatrice Naa Lamley Kitson Mills was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment after the court found her guilty of the offence of Publication of False news contrary to section 208 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Police Service and copied to The Ghana Report says the police is committed to protecting the citizenry and fighting crime adding that the cooperation of the public is needed at all times in providing credible information to ensure crime is checked.


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