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T’di kidnapped girls: Forensics expert urges families to cooperate with police

The first sets were discovered at Kansaworodo, where the prime suspect stayed

A forensics expert at the University of Cape Coast, Dr Richmond Afoakwah is calling on the families of the three Takoradi kidnapped girls to cooperate with the police and all relevant state institutions in determining whether or not the recently discovered human remains are those of the missing girls.

Even though the families of the girls Tuesday maintained that they have lost confidence in the police and would not cooperate in the DNA forensic investigations into remains recovered from the residence of prime suspect, Samuel Udoetuk Wills, Dr. Afoakwah wants them to soften their stance.

They demanded that an independent body to conducts the DNA tests on discovered bodies which have been suspected to be their relatives.

But in an interview with TV3’s Selorm Ameyah, the head of the University of Cape Coast Forensic Department concedes false information about the issue is by now rife in the public and that it will require full co-operation to reach a logical conclusion.

“At this point I will call for calm on both fronts: the public and the family, and ask the family to cooperate with the police and assist the police in this regard,” he said.

He was however elusive when asked whether the conduct of the police at the crime scene was in conformity with professional and international best practices.

Dr. Afoakwah maintained there is the need to train more police officers as well as invest in logistics.

He called on the general public to assist the agencies mandated to investigate the kidnappings in order to bring closure to the matter.

By | Ghana

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