The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has postponed the 6th edition of their Moment of Truth series which was slated for today, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 to grieve the loss of the four Takoradi girls who have been confirmed dead by the Police through a DNA test.
“We are shocked, devastated and appalled by the unprofessional, untidy and nonchalant manner in which our security services and the Akufo-Addo government has handled this critical issue that involved the lives of four precious and promising young souls,” the NDC said in a statement signed by Mr Sammy Gyamfi National Communications officer of the party.
The NDC noted that the manner in which the entire investigation into the kidnapping of the girls was carried out leaves much to be desired and exposes the institutional failures and the leadership paralysis that Ghanaians are witnessing in all sectors under President Akufo-Addo.
“Even as we sympathise and commiserate with the bereaved families, we cannot overlook the concerns expressed by the families of the girls and sections of Ghanaians about the accuracy and authenticity of the DNA results especially in the face of several misleading and inconsistent accounts about the whereabouts of the missing girls,” the statement said.
The NDC said they stand together with the families and the people of Takoradi and will officially speak on the matter in due course.
DNA tests confirmed that some human remains retrieved from the backyard of the prime suspect in the kidnapping case of the missing girls are, indeed, those of Ruth Abakah, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21; Ruth Love Quayson, 18; and Priscilla Mantebea Kuranchie, 18.
Their families called for an independent DNA test following the retrieval of skeletons from a septic tank behind the house of the prime suspect. The tests were to ascertain whether or not the remains found are those of the girls who have been missing since August and December 2018.
A team of investigators from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service found the remains when they went on an operation at Kansaworodo, a superb of Takoradi. On Monday, 16 September 2019, the Inspector-General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh, confirmed to the media that the DNA results had come in positive.
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