The Ghana Police Service has denied reports going round that the three kidnapped girls of Takoradi have been rescued.
The Daily Guide Newspaper reported on Wednesday April 24, 2019 that the three girls have been rescued.
The girls, Ruth Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla Koranchie are believed to have been kidnapped between August 2018 and January 2019.
The main suspect in the kidnapping, Sam Udoetuk Wills is currently before the Takoradi Magistrate Court after he escaped from jail in December 2018 following his first arrest.
Over the weekend, parents of the girls demonstrated in Takoradi, in demand for their children.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service recently said it had identified the whereabouts of the three girls.
“After months of investigations together with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the whereabouts of the three victims are now known,” the Director General in-charge of the CID, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (DCOP) Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah said at a news conference.
She said: “we are working together with other stakeholders to bring them back safely.”
But she later declined to give further details. Her refusal to disclose the whereabouts of the girls caused the public to criticize her with some even doubting if indeed the security agency knew about the location of the girls.
Daily Guide Report
On Wednesday, the Daily Guide Newspaper reported that “INFORMATION REACHING DGN Online indicates that the three kidnapped girls from Takoradi have been rescued.”
“They are reportedly undergoing medical examination at an undisclosed health facility in Accra, DGN Online can confirm.” The report added.
But in a response, the police service stated that “The attention of the Police Administration has been drawn to a Newspaper report in the Daily Guide edition of Wednesday April 24, 2019 titled “T’di Girls Rescued” and wish to state that the report is false and cannot be confirmed by the Police.”
“The Police Administration is however assuring families of the kidnapped girls and the public that we are working tirelessly with partner agencies to rescue the kidnapped girls.” The statement added.
Below is the full statement from the Ghana Police Service
NEWS OF RESCUED TAKORADI GIRLS FALSE!
The attention of the Police Administration has been drawn to a Newspaper report in the Daily Guide edition of Wednesday April 24, 2019 titled “T’di Girls Rescued” and wish to state that the report is false and cannot be confirmed by the Police.
The Police Administration is however assuring families of the kidnapped girls and the public that we are working tirelessly with partner agencies to rescue the kidnapped girls.
Police have assigned liaison officers in Takoradi to coordinate information between Police and the families of the kidnapped girls and encourage family leadership to cooperate with the assigned officers.
Journalists, Publishers, Editors and Producers are hereby reminded to desist from publishing news without verification from authorized Police sources.
Source: The Evening Mail