Police in Akyem Oda in the Eastern Region on Monday [February 17, 2020] arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of kidnapping a nine-year-old boy at Jamaica, a suburb of Akyem Asuboa.
identified as Ebenezer Oko, the suspect is in police custody to assist with investigations.
According to the police on Sunday morning [February 16, 2020], the suspect who claimed to be a stranger from Accra asked the nine-year-old victim [name withheld] to assist him find his way from Akyem Asuboa to Akyem Manso which is a neighbouring town.
Later in the afternoon, the suspect called the mother of the victim on mobile phone to demand an amount of GH¢5,000 as ransom for his release, according to the police.
The police in a press statement said further investigations showed that the suspect travelled with the victim via public transport, a mini bus [trotro], from Akyem Asuboa to Akyem Manso and continued to Akyem Asene and finally to Akyem Oda where the police traced and arrested him.
The police explained the victim was doing well and has been handed over to his mother after preliminary assessment and counselling, while the suspect is being processed for court.