The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, (GCBC) say it is disappointed in the Ghana Police Service regarding the manner it handled the case of the four Takoradi kidnapped girls.
Speaking on behalf of the conference, President of the GCBC, Most Rev. Philip Naameh said the police kept telling the public it knew where the girls are. Only to come back later and announce their death.
‘They kept telling us they were alive just to come out and tell us they are dead. I think that it is not fair and for me, it’s a very big disappointment” he said.
He intimated that it’s a painful moment for the country, particularly for the family.
Archbishop Naameh further said calls by the the public for CID boss, Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah to resign is a clear expression of how unprofessional the police handled the case.
‘The calling for the resignation or removal of these people is to say that how far can we really trust our security services. I think sacking them alone is not the solution, we need really to go into it,’ he said.
The prelate saids there must be a determination on the part of government to equip the police with all they need and allow them to work freely without interference.
Acting IGP, James Oppong Boanuh, at a press conference earlier this week announced that the results of the DNA test on remains retrieved in Takoradi have been relayed to families of the three missing girls along with condolences.
The officers of the Ghana Police Service informed four families in Takoradi in the Western region that the DNA test conducted on samples discovered in the course of police investigations into the disappearance of four missing girls have turned positive as the remains of the girls.
“The Ghana Police Service has with regret, therefore, informed the families that the remains are those of Ruth Abakah, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, Ruth Love Quayson and Priscilla Koranchie”.
“The investigations now establish that the girls were victims of kidnapping and murdering syndicate that operated in the Takoradi area. While for various reasons we were unsuccessful in obtaining and acting on accurate actionable intelligence in good time to enable us to rescue the girls, we believe that the arrest of the culprits has effectively thwarted the ability of this syndicate to have continued with further kidnappings and murders,” he said.