The Western Regional Police Command has rejected reports that some Nigerians have kidnapped eight children and kept them in an underground tunnel in a hotel in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
Reports surfaced earlier on Sunday, January 27, 2019 that some Nigerians were hiding kidnapped children at a hotel.
As such, residents of Ahenkofi besieged the popular hotel, Evergreen Hotel, to demand the release of eight alleged kidnapped children, who they claimed had been hidden there.
However, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Olivia Adiku, the regional public relations officer, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the police found out that the reports were false when they followed up on the complaints.
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DSP Adiku said the police were on top of the issues and would work at promoting peace, tranquility and harmonious living among all residents.
She said such false alarms could end the lives of innocent people, adding that it took the timely intervention of the police to save an innocent guy who was passing by in his car.
DSP Adiku urged the media to cross-check information with the appropriate authorities such as the command to avoid sensational reportage, which continued to worsen the already existing tension.
Meanwhile, the management of the hotel, owned by a Ghanaian couple, has also expressed disappointment at the behaviour of the residents.
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that the minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison, had described a Nigerian being held for allegedly kidnapping three Ghanaian girls in Takoradi, Western Region, as “a naughty boy" who wanted to exploit people and get money.
Morrison said she came to that conclusion after her one-on-one interaction with the suspect, who is currently behind bars in Takoradi.
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