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Missing Lands C’ssion staff: I was influenced to change my statement but I declined - Witness tells court

Rhodaline Amoah Darko Rhodaline Darko got missing in 2021 and her husband has been accused of knowing how

Fri, 13 May 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Lands Commission staff goes missing

Husband of Rhodaline Darko re-arrested

Police takes statement of witnesses in case involving KNUST lecturer


A witness in the ongoing case involving the missing wife of a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Wilberforce Nkrumah Aggrey, has told the court that an attempt was made on him to get him to change his police statement.

According to the witness, Isaac Offei Aduamah, ahead of his statement to the police, the accused had a dress rehearsal with him on what he should tell them.

Mr. Aduamah who is a teaching assistant and the first to be called by state prosecutors added that he declined to go by what he was told, myjoyonline.com reports.

Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey is standing trial for allegedly kidnapping his missing wife, Rhodaline Darko, who worked at the Lands Commission, and also for the deceit of a public officer.

He has been in police custody since October 6, 2021.

Background:

Earlier, the former Teaching Assistant (TA) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Isaac Ofei Asiamah, in his testimony, contradicted claims by Dr Wilberforce Aggrey that he slept at home on the night of his wife’s disappearance.

Dr Aggrey had noted in his statement to the Police that on the day his wife disappeared, Monday, 30 August 2021, he slept at home with his children and the teaching assistants.

The first witness in the case, the former TA told the court on Tuesday, 26 April 2022 that only the TAs and the children slept in the couple’s home on that fateful day.

The senior lands commission staff, Rhodaline Amoah-Darko allegedly disappeared on Monday, 30 August 2021.

However, her husband made a report to the Police about her disappearance on Thursday, 2 September 2021.

The case has since been adjourned to Friday, 6 May 2022.

The Attorney General (AG) has taken over the case in which the KNUST lecturer is being prosecuted for the disappearance of his wife.

The Lecturer has been accused of the deceit of a public officer and kidnapping his wife.

Two suspects were arrested in connection with her disappearance, Yaw Boateng, who sold the land commission staff’s phone and Justice Appiah, who bought the phone.

The High Court in Kumasi granted Justice Appiah, one of the suspects arraigned in connection with the disappearance of Rhodaline Amoah-Darko, a staff of the Lands Commission, bail.

The suspect was granted bail on Tuesday, 22 March 2022.

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The suspect allegedly bought the missing Lands Commission staff’s stolen phone from one Yaw Boateng in Kumasi.

The court, therefore, issued a bench warrant for the two.

According to the police, the KNUST lecturer was invited for interrogation following incoherent statements he made when his wife went missing on Monday, 30 August 2021.

The husband made a report to the police on Thursday, 2 September 2021 after the wife allegedly left home at Gyenyase in Kumasi and did not return.

Per police investigations, communication from the KNUST lecturer’s phone reporting the incident to family members and that from the alleged kidnappers using the missing lady’s phone to demand a ransom were from the same location close to the residence of the couple.

The prosecutor for the case told the court that the lecturer had admitted to sending messages from the wife’s phone under threats from the alleged kidnappers that his family would be harmed if he failed to do so.

He revealed that the messages that had been sent from Mrs Aggrey’s phone to her husband’s phone and later from her husband’s phone to relatives were all sent from the same location near the couple’s residence, according to their investigations.

He further revealed that the lecturer explained that he had to send his wife to a location near Volta Lake to ensure her safety.

The Lands Commission staff left home for Sunyani on Monday, 30 August 2021 and has since not been found, her family disclosed in a statement following her disappearance.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com