IGP calls for investigations as bodyguard of police official goes missing

IGP calls for investigations as bodyguard of police official goes missing

- The IGP, David Asante Appeatu, has ordered a DNA probe into the disappearance of a police officer, L/Cpl Michael Odonkor Adamtey

- Until his disappearance, he was a bodyguard for COP John Kudalor, who later became Inspector General of Police (IGP)

- According to his wife, also a police officer, she returned from the barracks common bath house to meet an empty room, as her husband was nowhere to be found

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu, has called for a DNA probe into the disappearance of a police official, L/Cpl Michael Odonkor Adamtey.

L/Cpl Adamtey, who uses the staff number 38222, until his disappearance, was the bodyguard of a former Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, COP John Kudalor, who later became Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The Police High Command has therefore began scientific investigations into the mysterious disappearance of the policeman, which occurred nine years ago.

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Speaking about the matter, David Asante Apeatu, expressed his unreserved commitment to see through the investigation of this matter.

On September 22, 2009, L/Cpl Adamtey, who lived at Tema Newtown, prepared his uniform and boots ready for the day’s duty.

According to his wife, also a police officer, she returned from the barracks common bath house to meet an empty room, as her husband was nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, his police accoutrements, service identity card and Ghanaian passport were intact in the room.

No stone was left unturned in the lookout for L/Cpl Adamtey, including spiritual searches, all to no avail.

His family also got involved by providing financial and physical supports to boost the investigation.

The police administration, as a procedure, declared him a “deserter” with an inquisition ongoing.

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In 2011, two years after the disappearance, workers of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) while desilting a choked gutter in Tema New Town, discovered human bones in the manhole of an educational institution.

As part of the investigation, the bones were deposited at the Crime Laboratory of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.

The parents of the missing policeman were invited to the Forensic Laboratory, where their blood samples were obtained pending further action.

The facility was to establish the Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of the bones, but for unexplained reasons, that did not happen.

The police boss, a renowned forensic scientist, stated that the administration will ensure that the needed assistance is given for the laboratory to determine the DNA of the found human bones. According to the IGP, a report from the forensic analysis would inform the next line of action, which could be the declaration of the disappeared policeman as dead, otherwise the search continues.

He stated that if that unfortunate situation arises, then the detectives would change their method from search to investigate murder.

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