An investigator has expressed worry over the uncertainty of the Ghana Police Service, particularly the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), on the whereabouts of the kidnapped girls of Takoradi.
Richard Kumadoe described the stance of the police on the girls as “ridiculous”.
On Wednesday, April 24, some media organisations reported that the three kidnapped girls have been rescued and are receiving treatment at a BNI health facility ready to be handed to their families.
But the police later that day issued a statement to deny the claims and said the girls have not been found yet.
The Service, however, assured that efforts have been intensified to rescue them and hand them safely to their families.
“It is ridiculous,” described Mr Kumadoe, who was contributing to discussions of the issue on TV3’s The Key Points on Saturday, April 27.
“By now, heads should be rolling,” he called.
He bemoaned the way the Service is being run, saying it leaves much to be desired.
A former Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General (rtd) Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, who was also on the programme, expressed shock at the temerity of the Director General of the CID, COP Maame Yaa Tiwa Addo Danquah, over the progress report – one of assurance – she had given the family of Priscilla Koranchie, one of the victims.
“I am surprised that the Commissioner of Police came out with this statement,” he observed.
The former senior military officer said kidnapping issues are not easy to resolve and so the police must be circumspect in pronouncements they make in connection to progress they have made.
A children’s rights advocate, Bright Appiah, demanded proper coordination between the police and worried families of the victims.
Mr Appiah, who is also the Executive Director of Child Rights International, said a representative should be appointed to brief the families on each step made by the police in investigations before going to press.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana