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Dr Wilberforce Aggrey, a lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has been remanded in police custody for his alleged involvement in the disappearance of his wife, 32-year-old Rhodaline Amoah-Darko, a Lands Commission employee in Kumasi.
According to police, Rodaline Amoah-Darko, 32, left her home in Gyenyase, Asokwa Municipality, Ashanti Region, on Monday, August 30, 2021.
However, her family stated in a statement released on Sunday, September 5th, 2021, that Rhodaline left home for Sunyani on August 30th, 2021, but was last seen on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, around 8:00 am on the KNUST campus.
Her husband, Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey, was later questioned about the matter.
Following some incoherent statements he made about his wife’s whereabouts, the police obtained an order referring Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey for psychiatric examination.
On Friday, Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey appeared in Asokwa District Court and was provisionally charged with kidnapping.
The prosecution asked the court to remand him in police custody so that further investigations could be conducted, and the court, presided over by His Worship Korkor Achaw Owusu, agreed.
According to the police’s charge sheet, Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey, has admitted to sending messages with the victim’s phone claiming that she has been kidnapped.
According to the police, Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey told them that he was forced to send those messages to his phone and family members of his wife by someone calling himself ‘Rukie,’ who threatened to harm his family.
According to the police, the accused stated that he needed to take his wife to a location closer to the Volta lake to ensure her safety.
On September 2, 2021, the accused, Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey, a lecturer at KNUST, reported to the police that his wife, Rhodaline Amoah-Darko, had been kidnapped from their home near KNUST, after receiving some text messages.
The police then started looking into it. Investigations revealed, however, that the messages sent from Rhodaline’s phone to some family members and friends, including her husband, were sent from the KNUST campus, which was closer to the accused person’s house (the husband).
As a result, on October 6, 2021, Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey was arrested to assist with investigations.
According to the police, he admitted in his caution statement to sending those messages through his wife’s phone.
The accused, on the other hand, claims he has no idea where the victim’s phone is.
He has also been unable to provide the police with information about his wife’s whereabouts. As a result, the police have charged him with kidnapping on a provisional basis.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on November 26th, 2021.
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