An Accra Circuit Court sentenced a driver to eight years in jail with hard labor for attempting to abduct a father and daughter for money.
Godfred Ayittey denied plotting with Wang Liang to abduct the two for ransom, but after the trial, he was found guilty.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel Nyamekye previously told the Court presided over by Mrs. Afia Owusua Appiah that on August 3, 2022, one Richard Asomaning, a witness in the case, reported to Tema Police that Ayittey, now a convict, had recruited him over the phone to engage in kidnapping and asked Asomaning (the witness) to recruit a competent driver for them to carry out such an operation for ransom.
DSP Nyamekye stated that the witness pretended to be interested in the crime and supplied copies of his driver’s license and Ghana card, as well as those of one Peter Ofoe Agbovie, a friend of the first witness whom he had just recruited for the criminal. The witnesses then asked for a meeting with the offender to learn who their victim or victims were, he told the court.
The prosecution said that the prisoner identified the victims to the witnesses as Mr. Joseph K. Horgle, the owner of J. K. Horgle Transport and firm Limited in Kpone, and his daughter Elinam, who is also the Deputy Managing Director of the same firm.
Ayittey never met the witnesses in person and only interacted with them over the phone. DSP Nyamekye stated that Tema Police sought the assistance of the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) to help investigate the case. As a result, witnesses were interviewed at the NIB, and it was discovered that the witnesses had opened communication with the convict, and the convict had created a WhatsApp group platform for the operation.
The court heard that Ayittey, the criminal, paid Asomaning fifty Ghana cedis (GHC50.00) to begin surveillance on any of the victims, and that first images of the company’s facilities were taken and given to the convict.
According to DSP Nyamekye, the criminal requested that Agbovie rent a car while he (the inmate) purchased firearms for the operation.
According to the prosecution, the defendant was traced down and apprehended on August 9, 2022, and he acknowledged to the crime, claiming that Wang, a Chinese coworker at DADA Foods, orchestrated the kidnapping.
Investigations found that the prisoner had worked as a driver for the intended victim’s company from 2017 to 2018 and was aware that the former employer had the financial means to pay any ransom via cryptocurrency to Wang LIANG’s account in China in order to escape discovery.
He stated that Asomaning had previously submitted his information, including his phone number, on Jiji online in search of a job as a driver.
The accused individual obtained the first witness’ phone number from the website and called him about a job as a driver; when he accepted, he shifted the subject to kidnapping.
DSP Nyamekye stated that Ayittey also urged Asomaning to utilize the same channel to recruit another individual. Following the inquiry, Ayittey was charged with the crime.