The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah has explained that when she said that the three kidnapped Takoradi girls have been found, it was just to give the family of the missing girls some hope.
According to her, the girls have not been found and that the police was working assiduously to locate them.
“I made that comment because I wanted to give hope to the mothers but I have been misconstrued. Maybe people didn’t understand me. For timelines, I cannot say.
“I just want to assure everyone that the search is still on. We are not sleeping at all,” she told Accra-based Atinka TV.
The CID boss at a press conference in Accra on April 2, 2019, said the police knew where the three missing girls were and that the police would rescue them to enable the girls to reunite with their families.
COP Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah at the said press conference was quoted of having said: “We know where the girls are.”
She added “It’s taken us over three months to even identify where the ladies are, and what we don’t want to do is do anything that will jeopardise the safety of that. So we are working very hard. All the stakeholders are supposed to be on board are on board and hopefully, the girls will be brought back safe and sound.”
Many Ghanaians have criticised the police for their inability to rescue the kidnapped girls.
The missing girls are 18-year-old Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, last seen December 21, 2018, 21-year-old Priscilla Blessing Bentum, last seen on August 17, 2018 and 18-year-old Ruth Love Quayson, last seen December 4, 2018.
The man suspected to be behind the kidnappings, Samuel Udoetuk-Wills, who broke cell and escaped from the custody of the Takoradi Metropolitan Police Command on December 30, 2018, and was re-arrested by the police was on January 4, 2019 was on April 29, this year, sentenced to an 18-month jail term by the Takoradi Market Circle Court.
Disgracing police service
Reacting to the comment, a security analyst Festus Aboagye said the utterances of the Director General of the Police CID are bringing the Police force into disrepute.
Mr Aboagye said the CID boss should have apologized when she had the opportunity in her latest interview.
“What she should have said was to apologise and said I’m sorry I didn’t know where they are and I said so.
“She has thrown the profession into great disrepute. Tomorrow when she tells us anything we will not believe. Her apology now is very essential. She has created a bit more anxiety for the parents of the girls,” he told Accra-based Starr FM.
Source: Daily Mail GH