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Missing Lands Commission staff: Police charge husband for kidnapping

Rhodaline Amoah-Darko, a staff of the Lands Commission in the Ashanti Region went missing on 30 August this year

The husband of a missing staff with the Lands Commission in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region has been remanded into police custody by the Asokwa Circuit Court.

Dr Wilberforce Aggrey, a lecturer of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), was provisionally charged with kidnapping when he appeared before the Asokwa Circuit Court on Friday 12 November 2021.

Investigations by the police to uncover the sudden disappearance of Rhodaline Amoah-Darko on 30 August led to the arrest of the suspect.

Facts

According to the police, their investigations have so far revealed a linkage of mobile phone communications to implicate the accused person.

Alleged chats from the victim’s mobile device from suspected kidnappers demanding ransom emanated from a similar location close to the KNUST campus, where she lives with the accused person.

A communication from the accused person’s phone reporting the incident to some relatives also emanated from a similar location. The police thus invited the husband for questioning.

He had admitted that he sent those messages from Rhodaline’s phone because he feared his family could be harmed. He told the police that he had to send his wife to a place closer to the Volta Lake to ensure that she was safe.

The accused person has also not been able to tell where Rhodaline’s phone is as of now.

Suspect remanded

A police prosecutor prayed the court for an adjournment as it asked for more time to continue investigations. The court also heard that some pieces of evidence were about to be released.

The defence team is led by Frederick Kankam and supported by Dr Adomako Kwakye and Kwaku Appiah.
Kankam who had pushed for bail for the accused person argued that the continuous detention of his client was illegitimate.

The court presided over by H/W Korkor Owusu Achaw consequently remanded the suspect and adjourned the case to 26 November.

“No evidence”

On October 27, the police in a press statement indicated that there was no evidence to link the husband to the disappearance of Rhodaline.

“It must be placed on record, that as of today, Wednesday 27 October 2021, the police have no evidence linking Dr Aggrey to the disappearance of Rhodaline”, the police had indicated.

“The public shall fully give an update on this issue once investigations are completed. Let us endeavour to respect the privacy of the families involved”, the statement added.

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