Ace Criminologist, Professor Kenneth Agyeman Attafuah, has called on the police to convince families of missing Takoradi ladies beyond reasonable doubt that, indeed their wards are no more.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Wednesday, Prof. Attafuah said while he does not doubt the credibility of the work of the police, the police must go the extra mile to convince the families who are in a state of denial beyond doubt.
“The police must be willing to have a second look at their work, the bones are still there, and it can be made available to an independent body to look at.
“Out of the abundance of caution, they should make their samples and results available,” he urged passionately.
Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21, Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, 18; Ruth Love Quayson 18, and Ruth Abeka who police say were victims of a kidnapping and murdering syndicate in the Takoradi area have been confirmed dead.
The Ag. Inspector of General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh, said at a press conference Monday, that the results of the DNA test on remains retrieved in Takoradi are those of the said girls, who had gone missing more than a year ago.
But the families have rejected the police report, citing issues of trust.
Pro Kenneth Agyeman Attafuah says the issue of trust raised by the families is grounded even though it does not affect the science of the DNA test. The doubts of the families, he said, have its roots in the sociological antecedents of how the investigations and the DNA test have been handled by the police.
He pointed to contradictory messages which had emanated from the police hierarchy, including one earlier claiming the ladies were alive and well.
Kenneth Agyeman Attafuah also added that the fact that the families have neither seen the DNA report nor the bones on which the test was conducted, would add to entrenching their state of denial.
He believes that given the high national sensitivity and the tragic manner of the issue at stake, “it is important for the police to convince everyone beyond a reasonable doubt.”
“This is an extremely tragic moment,” he described.