Former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Dr Kwabena Opuni Frimpong, says the Ghana Police Service hierarchy owes Ghanaians an apology.
Dr Opuni Frimpong said the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) boss goofed and must at least apologise to the families of three missing Takoradi girls as well as all Ghanaians in general.
“She [COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah] must know that people are hurt and it is not as simple as ‘oh you didn’t understand me’,” when she was categorical about the location of the girls.
“That was English Language [she spoke], it is not Greek…so coming back to say ‘you didn’t understand me’ is neither here nor there,” he said on AM Show on the JOYNEWS channel on MultiTV, Tuesday.
His comment follows Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah's claim that she was misunderstood when she announced that the three kidnapped Takoradi girls had been located.
The family of one of the victims, 18-year-old Ruth Love Quayson, cast doubt on the CID boss’ announcement.
Rebecca Quayson, a sister to the victim, said Tiwaa Addo-Danquah made no such revelation to her mother although they had spoken a day before her press conference.
“I don’t believe,” she said, explaining only a ‘face to face’ encounter will be sufficient.
COP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has been criticised not only by her former boss Bright Oduro but also the Attorney-General Gloria Akuffo, who said the comment was regrettable and could endanger the lives of the girls.
Beating a retreat, the CID boss told Accra-based Atinka TV, that her statement meant to give the families hope, was misinterpreted.
She has since then been criticised in various quarters with some people calling for her head.
Dr Opuni Frimpong only wants her to offer a “serious apology to Ghanaians.”
“By now, either the Inspector-General of Police or somebody has to apologise to Ghanaians. It should not be business as usual and everyone goes to sleep…People are deeply hurt,” he said.
According to him, whatever hope anyone wants to give to the families must be sustained and not people in authority playing with everyone’s emotions.
“Our leaders must take us seriously and be serious with us,” he said.