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The Ghana Police Service has confirmed that the missing but found 'Pregnant' woman in Takoradi, Josephine Panyin Mensah "was never pregnant".
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ag. Director-General, Public Affairs. Kwesi Ofori, preliminary investigations conducted show she has never been pregnant within the period under review following thorough medical examination by the medical doctors at the Axim Government Hospital.
In a statement released by the Police Service on Thursday, September 23, the victim, now a suspect, during interrogation mentioned the European Hospital in Takoradi as the hospital for her antenatal reviews and assessment.
"Medical records at the facility suggest that the lady visited the hospital without pregnancy somewhere in October last year".
Investigations also suggest the suspect may have conspired with other persons over her possible planned disappearance.
Three people have so far been arrested for further questioning on possible conspiracy charges.
Police would like to inform members of the public that adequate measures are in place to ensure she is safe as they continue investigations.
Police statement below
My wife was pregnant – Husband
Michael Simmons, the husband of Josephine Panyin Mensah, the 'pregnant' woman who allegedly went missing in Takoradi, has spoken out after his wife was found in Axim in the Western Region.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Michael Simmons said he was yet to speak to his wife, who is under police guard.
“But her mother has been able to ask her a few things,” Michael noted.
He recounted that on the day she went missing, Josephine’s mother received a call from persons suspected to be behind his wife’s disappearance.
Since Josephine was found near a Kingdom Hall building in Axim, there has been speculation that her pregnancy was a hoax, following a claim by the Western Regional Minister that a preliminary report shows she was not pregnant.
But her husband has refuted these claims.
“She had been pregnant for nine months. The problem is when she was going to the hospital, I wasn’t going with her. She was going alone,” he said.
‘Missing’ woman found in Axim was not pregnant – Western Regional Minister
The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has said the woman who went missing last week in Takoradi and was found under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday, was not pregnant.
He said this was the preliminary security report he had from the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB).
Josephine Panyin Mensah, the woman said to be nine-month-old pregnant, reportedly went missing last Thursday, September 16, 2021, after she had embarked on a dawn walk in Takoradi.
But speaking on Kessben TV’s morning show, the Western Regional Minister, who doubles as the head of the Western Regional Security Council, said “I received a call from NIB yesterday [Tuesday], 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. 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. This is the immediate information I have. Nevertheless, the police are still with her and are conducting further investigations,” the Minister added.
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