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General News of Thursday, 25 April 2019


No police liaison officer has been assigned to us – Families of kidnapped girls

The spokesperson for the families of the three kidnapped girls, Micheal Hayford Grant, has denied claims that the police appointed liaison officers to keep the families updated with investigations.

This follows a comment by Stella Buckman, Director of Police for Public Affairs who earlier said the police had appointed liaison officers to coordinate information between the police and the families of the kidnapped girls

Speaking on Eyewitness News on Wednesday he said the Western Regional Police PRO was unsure about the latest report on the whereabouts of the three girls which forced him to come to Accra to verify from the National Police Headquarters.

“As far as I am concerned there is nothing like that. It is never true, who are these liaison officers? We spoke to the Western Regional police PRO. We saw the [alleged rescue mission] information on Facebook, and we made an attempt to get confirmation from the Police Headquarter and decided to come to National police Headquarters Accra to verify on our own.”

The families of the three girls who were kidnapped in Takoradi earlier served notice that they will, on May 2, 2019, storm the Police CID headquarters to demand proof that the girls are alive.

According to the family, they want proof that the Police Service knows where the girls are being held.

Michael Hayford Grant, in an earlier interview with Citi News’ Akwasi Agyei Annim, said the action is due to the failure of the police to rescue the kidnapped girls.

“We are going to the headquarters to call Madam Tiwaa to lead us to where the three girls are. She is saying she knows where the girls are. They should locate the girls. We are not going to fight anybody but we are going to hold Madam Tiwaa responsible”, he said.

The kidnappings

The anxious families have spent the last few months demanding urgency from the CID but officials have asked the families to remain steadfast as they continue investigations.

The girls, Ruth Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla Koranchie are believed were kidnapped between August 2018 and January 2019.

The main suspect in the kidnapping, Sam Udoetuk Wills is currently before a court after he escaped from jail in December 2018 following his first arrest.

Over the period, residents in the metropolis have voiced concern over the pace of the investigations.

Some groups have held protests and also petitioned the President and the Sekondi Regional Coordinating Council over the case.