Some groups belonging to members of the opposition National Democratic congress have begun massive campaigns to get the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah,to resign or be sacked. These follow statements attributed to the CID Boss on the kidnapped Takoradi Girls.
The three girls, Ruth Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla Koranchie are believed to have been kidnapped between August 2018 and January 2019 and have since not been found.
The main suspect in the kidnapping, Samuel Udoetuk-Wills, a Nigerian has been convicted for attempting to escape lawful custody after he escaped from jail in December 2018 following his first arrest.
CID Boss’ Comment
The CID boss, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah at a press conference in Accra on April 2, 2019, had said the police knew where the three missing girls were and that the police would rescue them to enable the girls reunite with their families.
The CID Boss at the said press conference was quoted to have said: “We know where the girls are.”
But COP Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah in an interview with Accra-based Atinka TV last week disclosed that her earlier comments about the whereabouts of the girls were misconstrued by the media. According to her, her earlier statement was to the effect that the discovery of the location of the girls gave hope to the security agencies of recovering the girls.
However, a report on graphic.com.gh which was widely publicized by other media outlets claimed she made those comments aimed at giving hope to the parents of the victims.
The state-owned media house has since apologized to the CID Boss and their readers for the misrepresentation stating that “This story has been edited to reflect the CID boss’ explanation that when she said the missing girls had been located, she had said that it gave the police hope of rescuing them. Our story had earlier claimed she had said the claim had aimed at giving hope to families of the girls. We apologise to the CID boss and to our readers for the mix-up.”
Calls for Resignation
However, not even the Daily Graphic apology can stop groups and individuals affiliated to the opposition NDC to stop mounting pressure on the embattled CID boss to resign or be sacked. On Mothers’ Day, the National Women Organiser of the NDC, Dr. Hannah Bisiw gave the CID boss a 14-day ultimatum to resign or face their wrath.
A Pro-NDC group calling itself Democratic Forum, has also called on the CID boss to ‘keep quiet about issues regarding the kidnapped Takoradi girls, apologize to the families of the girls and resign. In a statement singed by Frank Amoakohene, NDC Parliamentary Candidate Hopeful of the Asante Mampong Constituency and Executive Director of the Democratic Forum, they described the CID boss as “unprofessional and insensitive”
The group is of the opinion that the confusion created by the CID boss calls for her resignation and apology to the families of the girls and the entire country.
Below is the statement from Democratic Freedom Forum
Fali Foundation, an NGO belonging to Fafali Nyonator, a John Mahama advocate, has also stated that they are “seriously outraged and baffled with the level of insensitivity” on the part of the CID Boss.
In a statement signed by its founder, Ms. Nyonator and copied to the http://eveningmailgh.com, they descended heavily on the CID Boss, COP Addo Dankwah describing her as “very disappointing, insensitive and incompetent and as such not worthy of emulation.”
They have therefore called on the President, Nana Addo Dabkwa Akufo Addo to dismiss COP Addo Danquah as a matter of urgency in the spate of this “glaring unprofessionalism and deliberate insensitivity.”
“We need to restore credibility to the office of the CID and bring in competent and experienced individuals to man the office and help get our dear sisters back.” The statement said.
Below is the statement from Fali Foundation
SACK CID BOSS, COP MAAME TIWA ADDO-DANQUAH FOR HER GLARING INCOMPETENCE AND INEPTITUDE.
We are not only disappointed in the Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigative Department Director General COP Maame Tiwa Addo Danquah ,we are seriously outraged and baffled with the level of insensitivity and lack of tact in her recent comments that her earlier assurance that they knew the whereabouts of the three kidnapped Takoradi girls was actually false and she was rather misconstrued because she just wanted to give hope to the grieving families of these ladies.
As a non governmental organisation that puts much premium on the girl child and women empowerment, we were delighted about her appointment to the high office of Director General of the Criminal Investigative Department , but we must say without any equivocation that she has been very disappointing, insensitive and incompetent and as such not worthy of emulation.
One can only imagine the trauma and pain the affected families will be going through with these latest unfortunate revelations. The CID boss credibility has waned and can no longer inspire hope and her continuous stay in office doesn’t inspire confidence to the family and Ghanaians at large about her ability to get these kidnapped girls back to their families . We empathize with the affected families and we share in their pain, sorrow and frustration. We are deeply worried about the clueless and lacklustre behavior in bringing the perpetrators to book by the police.
Madam Tiwa Addo Danquah must render an unqualified apology to the affected families and Ghanaians for her gross incompetence and lack of awareness in the manner in which she gave false hope and assurances to getting these kidnapped girls rescued and reunited with their families . We call on the President to dismiss her as a matter of urgency in the spate of this glaring unprofessionalism and deliberate insensitivity. We need to restore credibility to the office of the CID and bring in competent and experienced individuals to man the office and help get our dear sisters back.
We shall keep up the momentum and support all efforts in getting these girls back to their families. Let’s all remember them in our prayers and we hope and pray our President cracks the whip to send positive signals of government’s commitment in getting these girls rescued. We are however still optimistic that these girls will soon be found but until then our call remains unabated
Women’s Rights Activist/ Young female Politician /Social Entrepreneur.