Beatrice Naa Lamley, a mobile money vendor, was arrested after telling her family she had been kidnapped and demanded GHC10,000 as ransom.
She claimed she was kidnapped while going to work on June 24, and taken to an unknown location where the ‘kidnappers’ were demanding the ransom before her release.
Her grandmother then reported the matter to the James Town Police where investigations led to the arrest of Beatrice Mills in a man’s house alleged to be her boyfriend at Osu in Accra. She is currently in custody waiting for prosecution after being provisionally charged with the offence of publication of false news.
Beatrice Mills lives with her boyfriend, Razak Kwame at James Town, whom she has a daughter with. On June 24, Beatrice left for work in the morning but failed to return home after close of work.
On June 28,2019,her boyfriend,Razak received a telephone call from an unknown female caller that Beatrice was involved in an accident at Adjiringnanor,near East Legon in Accra.
Razak,without knowing the hospital which the victim had been sent to, rushed to Adjiringanor to find out but didn’t see her.On June 30,a relative of Beatrice also received a telephone call from a woman whose accent sounded like a Nigerian to tell her that they had kidnapped Beatrice Mills and demanded GHC10,000 as ransom.
Beatrice, and her accomplices planned the kidnapping game such that when one of them was talking on the telephone,she could be heard crying in the background as if she was in danger.
The James Town Police Commander, Superintendent Samuel Odame,when contacted said,”Our investigations led us to a house at Osu where the said kidnapped victim was being kept”.
Superintendent Odame affirmed extensively that, the police investigations revealed it was a hoax and immediately apprehended the supposed victim.
According to him, during interrogation, Beatrice Mills admitted the offence and confessed that she actually planned her own kidnap.
“She said if her family had sent the ransom,she would have taken GHC5,000 and given the remaining GHC5,000 to her accomplices…she has so far failed to assist in getting her accomplices”,The Police officer added.
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