Calls grow for police to dedicate resources to find missing girls

Calls grow for police to dedicate resources to find missing girls
Source: Ghana| |Abubakar Ibrahim |
Date: 12-06-2019 Time: 02:06:36:pm
Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu

A security analyst has said calls from the general public for the police to dedicate resources and deploy men to find the three missing Takoradi girls, are in order.

Colonel Festus Aboagye (Rtd) said the police would be exercising good judgement by demonstrating to Ghanaians that their safety is of premium importance to them.

He said calls for the police to be up and doing in finding the Takoradi girls are well made “because of the emotions that we have all attached to the girls.”

A Nigerian suspect is being held over the kidnapping of the three girls in the Western regional town of Takoradi, in 2018 but the girls are yet to be found.

His comment follows reports that the two Canadian ladies who were kidnapped last week in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital, have been rescued by police.

Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19 and Bailey Jordan Chitly, 20, were rescued Wednesday night in Sawaba, a suburb of Kumasi.

The Police have so far arrested 10 persons in connection with the kidnapping. They include three Nigerians. Another Nigerian is also on the run, JoyNews has gathered.

There have since been criticisms against Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu for going to Kumasi to help in finding the two Canadians. 

This, the security analyst, said could “circumstantially speaking be a fair argument to make.”

“While on the one hand, the IGP did not find it necessary go to have gone to Takoradi himself, to use his presence influence the efforts that were being deployed to find the girls, on the other hand, he has found it necessary to go to Kumasi,” he said.

He, however, wants Mr Apeatu to be given the benefit of the doubt explaining that throughout the hierarchy of the country’s security architecture there is the need to deploy the needed resources to find the missing girls.

According to him, there is sufficient evidence to show that the two or several kidnapping cases especially those involving foreigners and Ghanaians are not the same.

Rtd Col Abogye said the dynamics of the cases cannot be compared although both cases got the support of Ghana’s foreigner partners. The dynamics, however, he said are different as no two kidnapping case are the same.