A forensic expert has advised the families of four kidnapped and murdered girls to seek a second opinion on the remains used in determining their death.
Dr. Richmond Afoakwa who is the Head, Forensic Science Department at the University of Cape Coast said the view of one or more analysts from a different source aside from the police on the DNA analysis would help put the matter to bed.
Three of the families have already rejected the results from the police, citing unprofessionalism on the part of officials from the Service since the kidnapping.
Dr. Afoakwa said to bring finality to the matter and to put the entire nation’s doubts to rest, the family should demand further tests to confirm or otherwise what the police found in 46 days.
Photo: The remains were kept in a septic tank at Kasaworodo, a suburb in Takoradi
“They are entitled to it,” he told Evans Mensah on JoyNews’ PM Express programme on Tuesday.
The law enforcers returned with positive results a little over a month after the retrieval of the skeletal remains from the former residence of Nigerian suspect, Samuel Udoetuk-Wills’, the prime suspect in the kidnappings.
Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong Boanuh bemoaned the inability of the Service obtain “accurate and actionable intelligence” in “good time”.
The kidnapped, now pronounced dead girls
He, however, said the arrest of the alleged kidnappers has “effectively” thwarted the ability of the syndicate to continue their murderous spree.
The families of the girls, however, say they have lost confidence in the police following what they say are inconsistencies leading up to the latest findings.
The CID boss, Tiwaa Addo Danquah, for instance, had said at an earlier presser that the police knew where the girls were and that they were safe. She later said she only made those declarations to give hope to the families.
Following these, the families say they cannot trust whatever the police says.
Supporting his co-panelists recommendations, security expert, Adam Bonaa said not only should the families seek a second opinion, but the State should also fund the venture.
It is very expensive,” the said; adding that the state can afford it “but they should just give them the money and stay away,” lest the family disputes the second opinion as well on grounds of “state involvement.”