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Takoradi: Retract, apologise for fake pregnancy, kidnapping comment – Family to Minister

The family of Josephine Panyin Simpson, the lost-but-found pregnant woman in Takoradi are asking the Western Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, to retract and apologise for claiming their relative falsified her pregnancy and alleged kidnapping.

Following days of investigations after a complaint was lodged with the police service, the woman, who went missing last week, was eventually found around Axim in the Western Region.

Accounts from family members disclosed that the woman was unable to speak when she was found.

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Also, recounting her ordeal in writing, Josephine claimed she delivered on the day she went missing at the Axim Government Hospital but could not find her child after she was rescued.

However, speaking on Kessben TV’s morning show on the incident, the Western Regional Minister claimed that the account by the victims was inaccurate.

Mr Darko Mensah said: “I received a call from NIB yesterday that she had been found and was at the Axim hospital”.

“According to the police, they suspect that the story was fake per their preliminary investigations”, he said.

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He noted that the “medical doctor who attended to her even suspects that she may not have been pregnant, as has been reported.”

“They are even surprised at how this story has gone so far”, the minister noted.

He said “this is the immediate information I have”.

“Nevertheless, the police are still with her and are conducting further investigations,” he added.

But the family has described the claim by the Minister as distasteful and wants an apology.

A family member said: “She [Josephine] is pregnant to the extent that she delivered. We are unhappy with what the minister said. He must retract and apologise. We have even lost trust in the doctor that claimed Josephine wasn’t pregnant. We think he is unqualified to be a doctor since he could not notice that a woman has just put to bed…”

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