Some Takoradi residents, particularly those who live next door to the woman at the centre of the alleged fake pregnancy and kidnapping saga, have expressed surprise at her alleged confession.
They claim that they will only believe the story if they hear her admit it in public.
Some of the residents who gathered at Takoradi Central Police Station on Friday, where Josephine was being held in cells, believe that the way the story has so far unfolded calls into question the veracity of the fake pregnancy claims.
As a result, they want to hear it from the horse’s mouth in order to believe that everything is a hoax.
Some have demanded a DNA test on the woman’s first child, while others are curious about the motivation behind the alleged staged kidnapping and pregnancy.
“This is a mind-boggling issue; we are all trying to understand and find out what exactly is the case. What we all knew was that she was pregnant, and then it turns out that it is fake. There was considerable evidence pointing to the fact that she was pregnant, so there is a bit of difficulty. So I will be happy to hear from the woman’s own mouth that she actually faked her pregnancy; from the horse’s own mouth, then I can believe.”
“I am here to know what the problem actually is. The information we have is that the woman has confessed and so we want to know whether it’s true or not. I want the police to go a step further for a DNA test if indeed the woman has a son because I believe what the police is saying that the woman is not pregnant. So there should be a DNA on the son that the woman claims she has had for three years”, another disturbed resident said.
Following the revelation, family and friends gathered in groups at the police station.
Josephine Panyin Mensah was whisked back into the cells after her mother, Agnes Essel, was released from police custody.
However, some residents believe there is more to the story that should be told.
“The issue is horrifying and difficult to comprehend. So we want to see with our own eyes because a lot of people claim they saw her pregnant. Unless I get to see her, or she comes out publicly to confess that she was not pregnant, there is no way I will believe what the police have said.”
Another said: “I live in the same house with the woman, so I am really shocked. I see her almost every day with her protruding stomach with her other child. I will not believe claims that she is not pregnant.”