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General News of Saturday, 21 September 2019


Ghana Police lack expertise in kidnapping cases – Security Analyst

According to the Security Expert the police could have done better in handling the case According to the Security Expert the police could have done better in handling the case

Security analyst Adams Bonaa says the police force in the country lacks basic training in dealing with serious crimes like kidnapping.

This, he said, has become evident following the manner in which the police handled the kidnapping case involving the four Takoradi girls, who were eventually confirmed dead by the police after a DNA test was conducted on some body parts found at the residence of key suspect in the kidnapping case, Samuel Udeotuk Wills.

Speaking on TV3‘s news analysis programme, The Key Points, on Saturday, Mr. Bonaa said the police ought to be taught crime scene management and how to handle serious crimes like kidnapping, serial killing amongst others.

“They could have done better, this is not one of the crimes that happen on regular basis…

“There has been lapses and gaps in the process of investigating this case, and the simple reason is that if you haven’t been taught how to spot a possible serious missing case, if you haven’t been taught to spot a ritual murder case, you are not taught to spot a possible kidnapping case, it becomes very difficult.”

Mr. Bonaa further reiterated the fact that the lapses on the part of the police in knowing the case of the Takoradi girls as a serious case of kidnapping were as a result of the lack of know-how in that area.

Justice for victims

The security analyst appealed to families of the deceased girls to exercise restraint in their utterances and allow police see the case to an end by prosecuting suspects.

“We need to be asking for justice for the victims. The moment you say you don’t believe in the DNA test, you are destroying the evidence that the police will use to prosecute suspects.”

Mr. Bonaa said the families ought to cooperate with the police and be on the same page with them to ensure justice is served.

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