- Two Social Welfare Officers arrested in Kumasi for stealing a baby have been interdicted
- The Senior Officers are yet to face full prosecution after admitting to charges by the police
Two Senior Officers of the Social Welfare Department in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, who have been accused of stealing and selling a day old baby have been interdicted.
According to Joy News report, the two officers, Evelyn Jemima Alangeah and Samuel Obeng Afriyie who were interdicted in May this year have been relieved of their posts and replaced.
The report states that the first accused, Madam Evelyn Jemima after being caught named her 58-year-old colleague, Samuel Obeng Afriyie, the officer in charge of Justice Administration, as her accomplice.
The two senior officers have admitted to selling the baby to a couple for an amount of GHC16,500.
Evelyn, before her interdiction, had filed a complaint at the Attorney-General's Office, accusing officers at the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service of bias and unfair treatment.
The development, the report explains has delayed prosecution of the case in court.
The two suspects, who were arrested by the police in March this year, have been charged with conspiracy to commit child theft.
According to DSP Juliana Obeng, the Spokesperson for the Ashanti Regional Police Command, the suspects stolen the child from a maternity home where the mother, Deborah Tanyen had been sent to give birth.
The baby’s mother who hails from Lawra in the Upper West Region, according to the report, sought support from the Social Welfare Department's Regional Office last year after her boyfriend abandoned her with the pregnancy.
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But Evelyn offered to help and took the pregnant mother to a private facility where she delivered.
However, after delivery, Evelyn informed the mother the baby’s condition was not stable therefore she has been referred to another health facility for further care.
The suspect then returned to inform the mother the baby has died, where she was not shown the body of the baby.
DSP Juliana Obeng said, "Evelyn took the complainant to her house to stay with her for two weeks in order to cover up her diabolical deeds."
The two suspects then charged a couple who had filed for an adoption of a baby an amount of GHC 16,500 without knowing the baby was a stolen one.
Evelyn and Mr. Samuel Obeng Afriyie, both officers of the Social Welfare Department then shared the proceeds from the sale of the baby.
Meanwhile, the baby has since been retrieved by the police while two are to yet to face full prosecution.
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