Head of the Forensic Sciences Department at the University of Cape Coast, Dr. Richmond Afoakwa has argued that the Ghana Police Service was not prepared for the kidnap case involving the four ‘murdered girls’ in Takoradi. On Monday, acting Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh confirmed the death of the missing Takoradi girls – Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21, Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, 18; Ruth Love Quayson 18, and Ruth Abeka – after deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests carried out on skeletal remains found in an uncompleted building where prime suspect, Samuel Udoetuk Wills was arrested. Bringing to an end, a nine month search for the girls.
Speaking to Skyy News Samuel Kojo Brace on the saga, Dr. Afoakwa said the police were not prepared for the incident.
”As nations progress, criminal activities may increase and actually become more sophisticated. Development comes with crime and we have to be prepared for it. Were we prepared for this? The answer is a big no and that is what we have to interrogate as a country” he said.
To this end, Dr. Afoakwa wants government to facilitate the work of the police service.
”We need to resource and retool the police service to enhance their capacity to deal with similar cases in the future. If we do this, we have a better chance of resolving such isses because then the police service will be equipped and ready to deal with such issues as when they happen.” He concluded.