Nine is the number of months that have passed ever since the breaking news of three kidnapped girls went viral in Ghana media houses. Residents, police, Ghana media, and the families of the affected have been trying their best in sharing information and ideas in an effort of seeing the three girls are rescued and safely reunited with their families. The sad news is that despite all the contributions, the girls are still not found.
The three kidnapped girls’ saga took a complete turn after speculations that the girls were finally rescued spread all over Ghana. Top security officer being fired and a Ghanaian reverend insisting that he knows the location of the girls are some of the new developing stories covered in this article. Where is the truth? Read on for exclusive insight and briefing on the Takoradi kidnapping saga.
Takoradi Kidnapped girls
The city of Takoradi, Western Ghana, has been trending for its notorious kidnapping incidences ever since 2018. 17th August 2018 marks the dreadful day that Priscilla Blessing Bentum went missing in Takoradi. The police investigation concluded that she was a victim of kidnapping. 4 months later, 18-year-old Ruth Love Quayson was also reported to have been kidnapped on 4th December 2018. The third and most recent kidnapping occurred on 21st December 2018 where the 15-year-old Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie was also reported missing. The developing story on the three girls gained public attention and reaction in what has been termed as "The Takoradi kidnappings."
Family and community outcry to police
The devastated parents and family members of the three girls have been pleading with the police to hasten their rescue mission hence put an end to their misery. Various Ghanaian residents and media houses have also been putting pressure to the police as they demanded answers and lead information concerning the search progress.
Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo, Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (DCOP), held a media briefing where she announced to have identified the location of the kidnapped girls. The Ghana police successfully arrested a Nigerian man, Samuel Udoetuk Wills, associated with the kidnappings.
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Besides, the Criminal Investigation Department boss added that the three girls were safe and would soon be reunited with their families. On the contrary, some of the family members of the victims raised doubt in the police statements. The first whistleblower was Rebecca Quayson, a sibling to one of the three kidnapped girls, who reported that her mother was given utterly different information concerning her daughter's whereabouts.
According to Rebecca Quayson, her mother received a phone call from the Deputy Commissioner of the Police, Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, a day after the police briefing. The commissioner did not share any significant information regarding her daughter's safety or whereabouts unlike what the commissioner stated in the media briefing.
Police harsh criticism
The police commission has been facing harsh criticism by the families of the Takoradi kidnapped girls based on the police misinformation. Through their spokesperson, Michael Grant Hayford, the families complained that ever since the media briefing, the CID had not bothered to offer any official information concerning the safety of their children. The families only depended on the media news reports which are not satisfactory.
In response, Maame Yaa said that the police had been silent on the matter as it was classified. She added that giving any extra information on their location would jeopardize the girl's safety. She only urged that the families and residents should be patient as the girls will be brought back safely. This was on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019.
Ghana residents woke up to breaking news that the girls had finally been rescued. According to the Daily Guide report, Ruth Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, and Priscilla Koranchie were safe in a private medical health hospital in the capital city Accra. The alleged news was published by the "Daily Guide" which explained that the young girls were rescued and transferred to an unknown BNI Clinic, one of the 37 Accra Military Hospitals for medical tests.
Rashid Seidu Inussah sacked by president
The good news took a complete turn when members of 3news.com were unable to get any confirmation concerning the Daily Guide report. The uncoordinated police reports led to great public confusion as the victim's families and citizens demanded the truth. As a result, the Ghana president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commanded that Rashid Inussah, the Director of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) to step down from his position.
The decision is believed to have been made based on reports of security lapses and continuous miscommunication between the Ghana police and the BNI that led to the leaking of the "classified information." The position of the Director of BNI is now under Kweku Dumfeh, who served as BNI Deputy Director.
Security expert’s disgust
Many mixed reactions have met the President's decision to fire Seidu, the Director of the Bureau of National Investigations. A group of security experts such as Richard Kumadoe, a fraud and security consultant, expressed their disappointment on the way the president handled the critical security matter. According to Richard's argument, the BNI is a top government and security body that requires informed and cautious decision making.
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Reverend Owusu Bempah claims of knowing the kidnapped girl's whereabouts
Reverend Owusu Bempah is currently trending in relation to the Takoradi kidnappings. The Glorious Word and Power Ministry International founder and leader, Rev. Isaac revealed through an interview with NEAT FM that he is capable of showing the specific location of the three girls. He insisted that him together with other "prophets of God" are the only ones capable of providing the precise location of the girls.
The reverend made the remarks based on a statement by Haruna Iddrisu's who planned to introduce a parliamentary motion that would have the IGP boss brought to parliament for an exclusive questioning concerning the Takoradi kidnappings. According to Reverend Owusu Bempha, the IGP boss has no spiritual powers that can enable him to know the kidnapped girls whereabouts.
He went on to say, "This is the time to try prophets like us but Ghanaians, as usual, will rain insults...People always disregard men of God and always attack us and so I only urge Ghanaians to give us the chance in cases like this. I know this issue has to do with the work of the police, but I can help too unless I'm invited by Nana Addo," Even though, the reverend stated some protocol that needs to be observed for him to reveal the information.
First, he noted that the president of Ghana should first give him a call so that he can tell the president the classified information. The reverend also added that he has a spiritual revelation that showed him a specific police officer capable of solving the Kidnapped girls’ saga. The reverend did not disclose any particular information concerning the name of the officer.
In a nutshell, the three kidnapped girls Priscilla Blessing Bentum, Ruth Love Quayson, and Priscilla Koranchie whereabouts are still unknown. The girls’ families are still disappointed with the police investigation given to the various highlighted miscommunications. This led to the president firing the BNI director based on the contradicting reports and mismanagement experienced in the security body. Ghanaians current solution happens to be focused on Reverend Owusu Bempah who claims to have spiritual manifestation on the girls’ location.
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