The Ghana police are making some inroads in the investigations involving three kidnapped girls in the harbor city of Takoradi – 226km drive from the capital Accra.
The families of the girls had initially refused to allow the police take samples for DNA Test on eight discovered bodies recently exhumed at two different locations occupied by the prime suspect in the case Nigerian, Samuel Udoetuk-Wills.
However, two of the families have consented to the DNA Test as the Quayeson family drag their feet.
The missing girls are Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21, last seen on August 17, 2018; 18-year-old Ruth Love Quayeson, last seen on December 4, 2018, and 16-year-old Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, last seen on December 21, 2018.
“We are in a country where we have to respect our elders and the rule of law. The result is what we are all looking out for,” spokesperson for the families Michael Grant Hayford told Accra-based Starr FM.
However, he insisted the families believe the girls are still alive.
“We still believe the girls [discovered bodies] are not our loved ones,” Hayford stressed.
The police last Friday exhumed some human remains within the premises where one of the suspected kidnapper Samuel Udeotuk-Wills resided.
“On Saturday 3rd August, 2019 Police held discussion with families of the three missing ladies in Takoradi to assist with DNA samples as part of the investigation and the families are cooperating with the Police in this endeavor,” a police statement said Monday.
A fourth set of remains, according to the police, was also discovered Tuesday.
However, the families said until “an independent body” carries out the DNA analysis they will not cooperate because the police have not been candid with them throughout the investigations.
“We are asking why the police keep distorting the information regarding the investigation,” a family spokesperson Michael Korankye said at a news conference Tuesday.
He added: “We are asking for an independent body” to conduct the DNA test.
The position of the families have been endorsed by a security expert Col. (rtd) Festus Aboagye, who believes the police have “compromised public trust” as far as the kidnapping case is concerned.
“And there is every reason for the family to ask for an independent check,” he noted.
“It doesn’t cost the police anything to invest the money to use for the DNA for a private firm to do the analysis,” Col. (rtd) Aboagye told Starr FM.
Source: Daily Mail GH