The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has revealed it has in partnership with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), established the whereabouts of the three Takoradi girls who were kidnapped last year in the Western Region.
“Together with the BNI, we’ve worked very well and currently we know where the girls are,” Director General of the Police CID, DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, told journalists Tuesday but declined to give further details.
Addressing a news conference on the status of investigations into some high profile crimes in the country, she said the kidnapped “are safe” and will be reunited with their parents and families soon.
“I’m unable to give the details because we don’t want to compromise their safety. We are working hard together with other stakeholders so that these girls are brought back home safely,” he assured.
The CID boss has thus asked the families of the three girls whose disappearance triggered a hash tag campaign #BringBackOurTaadiGirls, to “keep on keeping”, and assured them “we know where they are and they are safe.
“So very soon they will be brought back home and they will go back to their family,” she added.
Parents and relatives of the three, 15-year-old Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie; 18-year-old Ruth Love Quayson and 21-year-old Priscilla Blessing Bentum have been grieving and accused the police of inaction in rescuing the three children.
One Nigerian said to be the prime suspect in the kidnappings in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis Samuel Wills was arrested in late December 2018 but managed to break jail while in Police custody.
He was later re-arrested but has since failed to lead the police to rescue girls. He is currently being tried on for escaping lawful custody but yet to be arraigned on the kidnapping charge.
Despite criticism against the police for what many say is inaction, they have maintained they are doing their best to rescue the three girls safe and sound.
The police have justified the seeming lack of information to the families, explaining it is to ensure the kidnappers do not get investigation leads.
Member of Parliament for Ellembelle, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, on Monday wrote to the Speaker of Parliament to intervene in finding the three kidnapped girls.
According to him, the affected families’ confidence in the State is waning hence a parliamentary intervention will restore such confidence.
“Since the arrest of the prime suspect, the affected families have held the opinion that the police have made little progress in tracing the young girls” the MP said in the three-page letter to the Speaker of Parliament Mike Aaron Ocquaye.