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General News of Tuesday, 23 April 2019


Pressure mounts on CID boss to produce Takoradi missing girls

Child’s Rights International, a non governmental organization says it is starting a process to compel the Ghana Police Service to allow families of the three Takoradi kidnapped girls gain access to the girls.

Its Executive Director, Bright Appiah and his team have visited the families to get their endorsement for this move.

It has been more than two weeks since police CID boss, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah at a press conference in Accra stated that the three girls are safe and will soon be reunited with their families.

She is yet to live up that expectation, and there has been no communication to explain why either. To the families this is torture.

When Bright Appiah visited the families at Diabene and Kansaworado in Takoradi, they were one in their condemnation of the way the police is dealing with them.

Spokesperson for the families, Michael Grant Hayford, lamented, “she came up to say they know where the girls are, and it’s getting to one month now, there’s nothing like information reaching us that, oh the girls are here, we should come and see them, there’s nothing like that”.

Pointing at the mother of Priscilla Bentum who was weeping, an elderly uncle of the missing girl Stephen Agyekum stated:“ Look at this woman, if she dies, it will be because of the utterances of the police.”

“Whenever she calms down, the police comes up with something to make her grieve even more, it’s not fair, ” he added.

Child’s Rights International’s Bright Appiah assured the families that his organization intends to take some steps which may culminate at the law courts to compel the police to give them access to girls.

He said, “now that we have the endorsement of the families, we are going to do a series of activities to get justice for them. We will petition parliament and based on what they say, we will seek for the intervention of the law courts.”

“The bottom line is that, we want to see the children”, he added.

Father of Priscilla Kurankye could not hide his relief. “all along, I have been waiting for such an intervention. We cannot go to the police to look for information… so I give [Child’s Rights International] my full support”, he said.

The three girls aged between 15 and 21 years, were kidnapped between August and December 2018. A Nigerian, Samuel Udoetuk Wills is currently in police custody, assisting with investigations.