Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey, a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has been granted a bail of GHS 300,000. He is on trial for the disappearance of his wife, Rhodaline Amoah-Darko, who worked for the Lands Commission.
The KNUST lecturer was granted bail by the Kumasi High Court with one surety that had to be acceptable. However, Dr. Aggrey has not yet complied with the bail requirements. Since then, the case has been postponed until Monday, October 17, 2022. Three teaching assistants (TAs) from KNUST have already testified against him in court. Dr. Aggrey is accused of kidnapping.
When his wife vanished on Monday, August 30, 2021, the KNUST instructor made some rambling statements that led the police to want to question him. On September 2, 2021, the wife allegedly left her home in Gyenyase, Kumasi, and did not come back. The husband filed a police report. According to police investigations, the communications from the KNUST lecturer’s phone informing family members of the incident and those from the claimed kidnappers using the phone of the missing woman to demand a ransom were coming from a place close to the couple’s home.
According to the case’s prosecutor, the lecturer admitted using his wife’s phone to send messages after being threatened by the accused kidnappers that his family would suffer if he didn’t. He disclosed that, in accordance with their investigations, all of the texts sent from Mrs. Aggrey’s phone to her husband’s phone and later from her husband’s phone to relatives were sent from the same place close to the couple’s home. He went on to say that the lecturer had emphasized that in order to secure his wife’s safety, he had to move her to a site close to the Volta Lake. On Monday, August 30, 2021, a member of the Lands Commission staff left for Sunyani, and they haven’t been seen since.