- The mother and husband of Josephine Panyin Mensah have been arrested by the police
- The two were arrested as accomplices of Josephine in the Takoradi 'pregnant' woman kidnapping saga
- The mother and husband are suspected by the police to have aided Josephine to stage her kidnap
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The case of Josephine Panyin Mensah, the lady who was recently found after going missing, has landed her family in trouble.
Josephine's husband, Michael Simmons, and her mother, Agnes Essel, have been arrested as accomplices.
3news.com reported that the husband and his mother-in-law are suspected to have aided Josephine in faking her kidnap.
They were arrested alongside Josephine to aid the police in investigating the matter.
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Their arrest was reportedly confirmed by Justice Acquah, an aide to the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah.
“Because it was a syndicate. It was well planned. One person cannot stage a kidnap. He had accomplices who helped in ensuring that they carry out their ideas successfully," Acquah was quoted as saying.
Josephine's 'kidnap' and rescue
Josephine went missing on September 16, 2021, leading to a search on social media and by the police on the ground.
Five days after, she was found at Axim in the Nzema East District by a carpenter.
But she was found without a baby bump or baby as had been expected of a heavily pregnant woman.
Less than twenty-four hours after Josephine was found, the Western regional minister claimed that she was never pregnant.
On Thursday, September 23, the Ghana Police Service affirmed the Western Regional Minister's claim that Josephine was never pregnant.
In a statement, the police revealed that they suspected the whole kidnap incident was staged and thus declared the 'victim' a suspect.
Family insists she was pregnant
Despite the police statement, the family of Josephine insisted that she was pregnant.
Josephine's mother claimed that she was with her and had been going for antenatal at the Takoradi Hospital.
The mother was speaking in an interview after the police statement.
Later, a lady claiming to be the sister of Josephine, the woman who was 'kidnapped' in Takoradi, also spoke in a video.
According to her, Josephine was heavily pregnant until she went missing last week.
She claimed that Josephine was kidnapped with her antenatal book, but did not return with it.