DAILY GUIDE reports that police personnel, numbering about seven who were on duty at the Takoradi Central Police Station at the time a Nigerian suspected kidnapper escaped from the police cells are in hot waters.
The said police personnel have been given 10 days to produce the alleged kidnapper or face the full rigorous of the law.
The suspect, Samuel Udoetuk Willson, 28, was arrested by the police in the Western Region to assist in investigations into the mysterious kidnapping of young ladies in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis.
Information gathered suggests that Samuel Udoetuk Willson was arrested by the Bureau of National Investigations in an uncompleted building at Kansaworado in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis.
He was later handed over to the police in Takoradi. He was sent to court and was remanded to assist in investigations but managed to escape from the police cells.
The suspect, who was to reappear before the court on January 9, 2019, escaped from the police cells on December 30, 2018, at about 4:50pm.
According to a police source, the suspect managed to escape after using an implement to cut the iron rods made to secure ventilation in the cells.
The suspect’s escape has angered some residents within the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis and some of them, including relatives of kidnapped victims have threatened to picket at the Central Police Station to demand answers.
Confirming the story, DSP Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, Western Regional Police Public Relations Officer, stated that the police had declared the suspect wanted.
She pointed out that investigations into the case were underway to establish the circumstances that led to the suspect’s escape.
The suspect, who is believed to be behind most of the kidnap cases reported in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis in the month of August last year, was said to have been cooperating with the police, while in the cells, to locate one of the kidnapped ladies.
It would be recalled that in August last year, residents of the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis were terrified following the alleged kidnapping of two young girls within three days in the area.
The first incident happened on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, when a 16-year-old senior high school student was kidnapped about 100 metres from her house at New Site near Takoradi.
The young girl was later abandoned the next day dawn close to her house. Unfortunately, the 16-year-old girl was dumb when she was found. Perhaps, she was traumatized by the ordeal as she could only communicate through writing and texting on her phone.
The girl later drew a snake with two heads, with the inscriptions “two headed snake, rituals, waist beads, mute and juju” repeatedly on a paper.
A day after the first girl was discovered, a 21-year-old lady at Nkroful junction in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis was also kidnapped.
According to the father, his daughter called him that fateful day, August 17, sounding very agitated and screaming “dad” repeatedly, after which the line dropped and the phone was put off.
He mentioned that they did not hear from their daughter again until the next day when a man speaking Pidgin English interspersed with poor Fanti used the daughter’s phone to call him.
He indicated that the alleged kidnapper demanded a ransom of GH¢4,000 via Tigo Mobile Money line before his daughter was released.