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General News of Wednesday, 7 August 2019


Families of Takoradi kidnapped girls call on Former Presidents, CSOs for help

The 3 kidnapped Takoradi girls’ families have sent out a distress call to Former Presidents of the Republic and Civil Society Organisations to come to their aid as they fight against the odds to have their kidnapped girls rescued.

The Families want pressure to be mounted on the police to trigger them to act in a proactive and reassuring manner as they conduct investigations to unravel the mishap, ABC News can report.

In the past 4 days, there have been inconsistent media reports with regard to the status of the girls, particularly, after the CID pulled out two skulls from the septic tank in the house of the first prime suspect arrested in connection to the case, Samuel Udeotek-Wills, during a special operation on Friday.

The families have been called upon by the Police to present DNA for a test to be carried out, something they have backtracked on after initially giving their consent.

Addressing a press conference in Takoradi on Tuesday, a brother of one of the kidnapped girls, Micheal Larbi Kuranchie, insisted that the families are full of hope that the girls are alive and will prefer to stick to the message given by the CID boss and the National Security Minister earlier in the year about the status of the girls.

“Now we feel the police have to be pressured in order to act swiftly, there is more to be done. So if the past presidents and civil society organisations put themselves in the matter, I think it will ginger the police to speed up their work. We are optimistic of seeing our girls alive and safe as said earlier on by the National Security Minister, the Interior Minister and the CID boss” he asserted.

Buttressing the call for the intervention of Civil Society Organisations and other influential and well-meaning Ghanaians to get the police to act, President of the Concerned Mothers Association, located in the Western Region, Josephine Amo, questioned the professionalism of the Ghana Police Service in the manner they have gone about the investigations.

She feared that judging by the standards the Police have maintained in the course of the investigations, lives of millions of Ghanaians are at risk and in danger.

On that score, she charged Ghanaians to speak out about the unprofessional conduct of the police and call for better security measures and standards to resolve the Takoradi kidnapping case and safeguard the peace of the nation as a whole as ABC News observed.

Josephin Amo emphasised, “We want to say that our police and the national security have not acted professionally. Elsewhere, the so-called septic tank will be searched right from day 1 when the suspect was arrested. We want it to be on record that we believe the security of every Ghanaian is in danger. If it takes the Police almost a year to rescue our girls then everybody’s life is in danger. If we all do not speak out and register our displeasure, about the way our security agencies have handled the matter, tomorrow, it could be you, or me.”

Following the latest update to the investigations, which is the uncovering of skulls in the residence of the suspect, the Western Regional Police Commander, DCOP Redeemer Vincent Dedjoe and his entourage visited the families of the three Takoradi kidnapped girls on Saturday to officially inform them and requested them to participate in a forensic test.

However, father of Priscilla Mantebea Kuranchie, Alexander Kuranchie has disclosed his unwillingness to avail himself to the Police for any DNA because of secrecy that surrounded the operation.

“We were here at the time of their operation and even when they found that there was something in the septic tank, they could have called us to come and witness before they take those things out. But the things have been taken and then sent to Accra before they came to inform us, so I am in doubt.”

He requested for an independent probe into the skulls that were found noting that, “When an independent body is setup I will submit myself, but if the police are those going to do the test, I don’t think [I’ll submit myself to it]. I am suspecting a fishy deal so I cannot avail myself to the police.”

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