Members of the Concern Mothers Association of Ghana (CoMaG) have called on the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah to render an unqualified apology to the families of the three kidnapped girls in Takoradi, Western Region, for “lying” to them.
At a press conference in Accra on 2 April 2019, the CID boss said that the police knew the whereabouts of the missing girls and was working towards their rescue.
COP Addo-Danquah said: "We know where the girls are."
However, in a recent interview, she said her earlier comment had been misunderstood by the public and that it was meant to give hope to the family of the kidnapped girls.
CoMaG, in a statement, said they are “disappointment and sad” that a woman of COP Addo-Danquah’s calibre and social standing could “throw dust into the eyes of the already-tearing parents and families who are affected”.
“Indeed, hope defied makes the heart sorrowful and it is upon this Biblical truth that the CoMaG calls on her as the head of the national police Criminal Investigation Department to come again on her recent statement by retracting and apologising profusely to the affected families, communities, the Western Region and the whole nation in general,” the statement said.
The Concerned Mothers said Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has done lots of harm than good with her “unguided comment”.
They also urged the government to marshal all the security agencies in the country and even Interpol to help rescue the girls.
CoMaG further expressed concern that: “The actions and inactions of the police are now giving credence to the rumours that such an important state protection agency had a hand in the kidnapping of the girls. The police has not also bothered to conduct the parade the suspect requested in order to identify the said aid or assistant.
“It is also worrying that officers like the Takoradi District Commander and the CID handling the kidnapped case have been transferred while the matter still lingers in the docket of the police.
“Our patience as concerned mothers and ordinary citizens of our dear nations Ghana is running out and we need some concrete and positive actions now or never.”
The mothers further advised the security agencies not to toil with the emotions of people, especially women and girls.
The missing girls are 18-year-old Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, last seen on 21 December 2018; 21-year-old Priscilla Blessing Bentum, last seen on 17 August 2018; and 18-year-old Ruth Love Quayson, last seen on 4 December 2018.