Man Arrested At Osu for Fathering 20 Children In An Attempt To Win Future Elections Using His Big Family
A 30-year-old Ghanaian businessman identified as Joseph Akornor is being investigated by Ghana Police for systematically fathering 20 surrogate children — and expressing a desire for many more.
The operation emerged after the police raided a home at Osu, a suburb of Accra, and found 12 babies with 12 nannies. DNA samples sent by Joseph prove that he is the father of the 12 children, plus eight more.
According to the police, Joseph hired a total of 13 surrogate mothers to carry his children, among them five sets of twins. The children found in the raid lived in unfurnished rooms filled with baby bottles, play pens, nappies and bouncy chairs, and have currently been sent to Osu Children’s Home.
Sergeant Kofi Amakye, lead investigator in the case, expressed that the police are looking into two motives: human trafficking and the exploitation of children. Other sources, however, indicated that Joseph had particular intentions.
“He said he wants to be an assembly man in future so in order to win elections, he’s giving birth to plenty children so he could use his big family for voting,” said Anna, a close friend of Joseph. “As soon as they got pregnant, he requested more. He said he wanted 30 to 40 babies a year, and that he wanted to continue the baby-making process until he’s dead.”