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Regional Minister Paid GHS3,000 To Police For Kidnappers To Release Takoradi Woman : Aide Reveals

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The brouhaha surrounding Josephine Panyin Mensah, the said pregnant woman who was allegedly kidnapped in Takoradi about two weeks ago and the mysterious disappearance of her pregnancy when she was found, has sparked so much controversy.

Now, the personal assistant to the Western Regional Minister, Justice Acquah, has disclosed that an amount of GHS3,000 was given to the Regional police administration to be paid as ransom to the suspected kidnappers to release the supposed victim.

According to Mr Acquah, the money was given to the police by Kwabena Okyere Darko through the Regional Commander to be given to the kidnappers because he wanted to get to the bottom of the matter.

Speaking in an interview with Takoradi-based Skyypowerfm, Mr Acquah explained that the kidnappers initially demanded an amount of GHS500 and increased it to a GHS 1,000. However, the Regional Minister paid 3000 cedis to be used to lure the kidnappers out of their hiding spot.

Justice Acquah also disclosed that Josephine gave two contradictory statements to the police after she was handed over to them.

“She had earlier said that there was a midwife with the kidnappers who helped her deliver smoothly. Another statement she made was that the kidnappers struggled with her and in the process, she lost the baby.”

Earlier, the Western Regional Minister had disclosed that the claim of pregnancy by the woman is false. His comments however attracted backlash from the woman’s family who insisted that she was pregnant.

Subsequently, the Police in a statement issued on Thursday, September 23, 2021, said a thorough medical examination by the medical doctors at the Axim Government Hospital revealed that the missing woman “was never pregnant within the period under review.”

The news has left many with mixed feelings about the situation as some persons believed to be neighbours of the supposed pregnant have invoked curses on the Regional Minister and police over their report.

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Accra Is Second Most Expensive City In The World : Survey

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Ghana’s capital city, Accra, is the second most expensive city in the world in terms of the property price to income ratio, according to Numbeo.

Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database of reported consumer prices, perceived crime rates, quality of health care, and other statistics, explained that the Price to Income Ratio is the basic measure for apartment purchase affordability.
It is generally calculated as the ratio of median apartment prices to median familial disposable income, expressed as years of income,” the site stated.

This comes amidst agitations about the city’s high cost of property prices, contributing to the #FixTheCountry Movement.

Accra is ahead of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Shenzhen (China), Moscow (Russia), Paris (France) as well as many other world-class cities.

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Ghana Will Dominate African Football Very Soon : Kurt Okraku

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GFA President, Kurt Okraku has promised that Ghana will dominate African football.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting with the visiting CAF President, Patrice Motesphe, and other dignitaries, the GFA President was bullish in his expectations for the country’s football teams.

“Very soon Ghana will be dominant on the African continent”

He explained that this was based on the performance of the U-20 side, the Black Starlets, who won the U20 African Cup of Nations earlier this year.

He then reminded the attendees that the success of the senior team, the Black Stars at the 2010 World Cup was based on investment in grassroots and juvenile football.

He concluded with the proclamation,

“Ghana must always be at the apex of the sport”

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UCL: Chelsea Thrash Malmo But Lukaku And Werner Pick Up Injuries

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Chelsea thrashed Malmo in the Champions League but lost strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner to first-half injuries.

Andreas Christensen volleyed the Blues ahead from Thiago Silva’s cross for his first goal for the club.

Lukaku was fouled – and injured – for a penalty which Jorginho scored, and Werner then pulled up while running.

Kai Havertz dinked home Chelsea’s third and Jorginho added another spot-kick for the European champions, who are second in Group H behind Juventus.

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