The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, has appealed to the families affected by kidnappings in the Western Region, to allow the police to do its job without constantly mounting pressure on them or forcing them to deliver results within specific timelines.
The IGP’s comment comes in the wake of mounting anger among the families of the three kidnapped girls in Takoradi.
The families, who have threatened a second demonstration, have accused the police of sleeping on the job as far as finding the girls was concerned.
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Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, February 14, 2019, Asante-Apeatu appealed to the aggrieved families to give the police ample time to find the girls.
“They shouldn’t give us some timelines but rather they should cooperate with us, the police need time to do these investigations” he said.
He further cautioned against misrepresenting every missing person's case as a kidnapping. He stressed that sometimes the victims may have gone to stay with their lovers or traveled without the knowledge of their families and friends. Hence, the public should not be quick to conclude that every case of a missing person is kidnapping.
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Meanwhile, the Western regional police command has set up a committee to unravel the circumstances under which an unidentified officer with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) aided the cell break of a Nigerian kidnapper.
On the back of that, the police launched an internal inquiry into the incident.
DSP Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, the Public Relations Officer of the Western regional command, speaking in an interview with Joy FM on Tuesday, February 12 2019, said the regional commander had constituted a team to look into the allegation raised.
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