Ghanaian Embassy begins interrogation of suspected kidnappers

The Ghanaian Embassy in Lagos has begun the interrogation of a Ghanaian woman and her Nigerian husband over allegations that the couple kidnapped three children in Lagos.

The arrested woman, who gave her name as Patricia Demordze, confirmed to the police that she was a Ghanaian resident in Nigeria.

A reliable police source, who pleaded anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that a senior officer from the embassy interrogated the 23-year old Ms. Demordze.

According to the source, though the embassy official did not disclose his findings after the interrogation, he said he was going to inform the Ghanaian government of the development.

NAN gathered that the interrogation was sequel to a letter written by the Lagos State Police Command, informing the Ghanaian Embassy of the alleged involvement of its citizen in the crime.

The couple allegedly kidnapped three children from different families in Lagos.

The couple was apprehended in Abuja by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) from Lagos.

According to the police, the suspects, at various times, collected a total of N36 million as ransom from their captive’s parents before releasing them.

The police said the suspects specialize in kidnapping children from wealthy families– where they had earlier worked as either driver or maid.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, who confirmed the arrest, said the couple has many cases to answer in Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic.

Mr. Manko stated that the suspects are currently being interrogated by SARS operatives, adding that as soon as investigation was completed, they would be charged to court.

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