Two ministers to answer questions in parliament over kidnap of girls

Two ministers to answer questions in parliament over kidnap of girls

- Two ministers may soon appear before Parliament to answer questions about the fate of kidnapped girls in Ghana since August 2018

- According to the minority spokesman on Interior, James Agalga, the national security minister, Albert Kan Dapaah and the Interior minister, Ambrose Dery, will soon provide details on the matter

Two ministers would soon appear before Parliament to brief the house with respect to the kidnap of girls in recent times.

This follows a series of kidnaps that have reportedly taken place in the Western Region of Ghana. earlier chronicled a series of kidnaps in the Western Region since August 2018, and shed light on the mysterious circumstances under which they vanished from their neighbourhoods.

Photos of three girls
Three girls have so far been kinapped in the Western Region Source: Supplied
Source: UGC

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According to the minority spokesperson on Interior, James Agalga, urgent questions have been filed in Parliament for Interior minister, Ambrose Dery and the national security minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, to answer.

The story of the captured girls in Takoradi in the Western region has captured national in recent times.

Priscilla Blessing Bentum has not been seen since Friday, August 17, 2018 and two others, Ruth Love Quayson and 15-year old Priscilla Koranchie, were kidnapped in December 2018.

Despite having a suspect strongly linked to the crime, the police have made no progress in tracking the girls.

The suspect, 28-year-old Samuel Udoterg Willison, a Nigerian with a history of kidnappings and conviction in Nigeria, broke police cells and was rearrested after a public outcry in Takoradi. reports that the Western Regional police commander, ACP Redeemer Vincent Dedzo, has expressed frustration and helplessness after he revealed that Willison has refused to talk.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Builsa North in the Upper East region, James Agalga, has switched the blame from the police to the government.

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“I blame the current government because they ought to have to help the police to develop certain capacities to deal with certain categories of crimes,” he said on Joy News TV.

Agalga, a former Deputy Interior Minister under the John Mahama administration said, one of the capacities was the ability of the police to legally intercept telecommunications of suspected criminals.

This power was contained in the Interception of telecommunication and postal packets bill, dubbed rather infamously as the Spy Bill.

The “Spy Bill” as it is called, when passed, will grant access to security agencies to listen in on private conversations of Ghanaians with the intention of safeguarding the security of the State and fighting crime.

However, critics say if this truly is the purpose of the bill, then several existing laws including the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism, Narcotic Drugs, Electronic Communications, Data Protection, Economic and Organised Crime Office, and Security and Intelligence Agencies Acts serve the same objective.

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