With a heavy heart, STRANEK-AFRICA finds the outcome of the DNA test conducted on some human remains discovered on the disappearance of the “Missing Takoradi Girls” very mysterious and disturbing.
Beginning from the first week in April 2019, the Director-General of Police CID, DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah announced that the “Missing Takoradi Girls” were alive. This followed Samuel Udoetuk Wills (prime suspect’s) confession to the BNI that the girls were sold for $5,000 each in Nigeria to an operator of a “Baby factory” at Onitsha in Anambra State after a series of BNI interrogations in March 2019. Also, he admitted that the victims were heavily sedated and transported outside Ghana with the help of John Oji and Chika Nnodim who have also been arrested in relation to the crime.
On the 17th April 2019, the Minister of State in charge of National Security, Mr. Bryan Acheampong announced and confirmed with all certainty that unlike the “Canadian Girls” (who hadn’t been transported outside Ghana) rescued in Kumasi, the “Missing Takoradi Girls” have been transported beyond the Borders of Ghana according to BNI investigations and that “In terms of where the investigation is leading us, I know we know where they are,… we know the country they are in and we are doing everything possible to bring them back,”. In May, 6, 2019, Rev. Owusu Bempah also disclosed that he knows the location of the Takoradi girls and he will only disclose the location of the girls if the police approach him for assistance.
STRANEK-Africa does not in any way doubt the competencies of the Ghana Police Service, but we find it very difficult to connect the puzzle and come to terms with the outcome of the findings in the DNA Report. This is because the chronology of events leaves a caving doubt on the outcome of these investigations.
If the DNA test is true, the police must produce a detailed and tallied report and if possible, make it public for the families and Ghanaians to allay doubts from their minds. We are very much interested in knowing how long the skeletal remains have been in the septic tank, what really triggered the death of the girls including the 4th skeletal remains.
STRANEK-Africa encourages the four families of the “Missing Takoradi Girls” and the Ghanaian public to join and push for an independent, detailed and tallied DNA test on the identified remains. This is to be double sure of the DNA report from the Police.
For peace to prevail, the facts of the missing Takoradi girls must rack up.
Adjoa Tima Boafo
Director of Women Affairs
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