General News of Monday, 6 May 2019
The Minority in Parliament has hinted of plans to drag the Inspector General of Police (IGP) before Parliament over the three Takoradi kidnapped girls case.
The Minority says it will take such action to give the IGP the opportunity to tell MPs the steps the service is taking to find the kidnapped girls.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu said months after the girls were kidnapped, nothing concrete has been heard from the Police administration.
“The matter of the kidnapped girls, need national attention. Mr. Speaker, I think next time we come, we will file a motion to compel the Inspector General of Police through the Minister of Interior to report to this House to tell us what steps, beyond the rhetoric we have heard, they are taking to rescue those children,” he said.
Families of kidnapped girls demand swift probe of case
The three families in the Western Region had demanded swift investigations into the disappearance of the girls.
The police have also been accused of being sluggish in finding the girls and bringing to book the perpetrators of the crime.
Sam Udoetuk Wills, the Nigerian allegedly behind the kidnapping has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for escaping from police cell.
The police service has constantly maintained that, it is still expediting processes to rescue the three girls.
Although police said it has identified the location of the girls, the service is not giving further details over what it says is to protect the safety of the trio.
It, therefore, wants the public to exercise restraint as it works with partner agencies to get to the bottom of the matter as investigations continue.
The service last week also introduced liaison officers to the families of the three kidnapped girls.
I’m determined to address kidnapping phenomenon – Nana Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that he is determined to deal with the growing phenomenon of kidnapping.
He said his government is taking some decisions concerning the incident which will ensure that the crime does not become a characteristic of the Ghanaian society.
“We are all concerned about this phenomenon of kidnappings which we have not known. Our brothers and sisters in Nigeria have known it but we have not known it in this country. We need to do something about it to make sure that this does not become a feature of our society. I am very very determined on the issue and decisions are being taken as we speak that will be a clear manifestation of the determination I have to deal with this matter,” he said.
About 20 cases of kidnapping have been recorded in 2019 alone with that of the three Takoradi girls being most topical and generating a lot of political pressure on the government.