Some angry residents in Takoradi have rejected reports by the Ghana Police Service that 29-year-old Josephine Panyin Mensah faked her pregnancy and kidnapping.
They also expressed dissatisfaction over the arrest of Josephine’s mother, husband and one other person as accomplices in the alleged self-kidnapping case.
Clad in red, neighbours of the victim, who has now been declared a suspect, chanted war songs and rained curses on various authorities for making such claims.
Earlier today, the Police, in a statement, confirmed that the victim was never pregnant.
According to the Police, their preliminary investigation into the issue has revealed that the victim may have conspired with some persons to stage the whole incident.
Already, the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah made similar comments which triggered an uproar among some residents in the area on Wednesday.
But the agitated residents of Sekondi who spoke to JoyNews’ Western Regional Correspondent, Ina-Thalia Quansah, insisted that Josephine was over nine months pregnant before her mysterious disappearance.
According to them, the Police have not visited the neighbourhood as part of their investigation.
“When Josephine disappeared, we took the right steps and went to the appropriate authorities to report the case and ask for their intervention. But now that she has been found they are attempting to accuse her of being untruthful.
“…I know that God in heaven knows that she is pregnant. God has been with her throughout those six days that she went missing, He will definitely intervene this time too,” a resident told JoyNews.