The Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is currently a woman under fire.
COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has come in for severe criticism for her handling of the three kidnapped teenage girls in the Takoradi. The girls – Priscilla Blessing Bentum, Ruth Love Quayson and Priscilla Koranchie – were kidnapped in Takoradi between August and December 2018.
However, on Monday, September 16, 2019 the police confirmed that all three were dead after DNA test on remains retrieved from a septic tank in Takoradi proved to be that of the girls. This was after the CID boss openly stated in April 2019 that the police had discovered the whereabouts of the missing girls.
As sad as things have turned out, below are three things that COP Addo Danquah must immediately do:
1. Apologise to Ghanaians From the way things have gone, COP Addo Danquah owes the general public an apology for the shambolic manner in which this case was handled. In December 2019, the prime suspect in the kidnapping case, Samuel Wilson Udoterg, was arrested but he managed to escape from custody.
The suspect later revealed that a CID officer aided him to break jail after he was re-arrested by the police. Till date, the said officer who allegedly aided the escape has not been found.
Add that to the fact that the police could not get the suspect to reveal the whereabouts of the kidnapped girls until it was too late. The public definitely deserves an apology for how their emotions were toiled with.
2. Resign immediately At this point, the most honourable thing for COP Addo Danquah to do is to willingly resign. The CID Boss has clearly proved to be incompetent. The PR blunders have simply been too much and that, coupled with the rising rate of crime in the country, means it’s time for her to leave.
She may be a favourite of the ruling government and was even recently promoted, but the truth is that she has been a disaster. The public has lost all confidence in her and as long as she remains the CID boss, this will not change.
3. Visit family of the girls with an elderly to beg Families of the now deceased girls have been through a lot of trauma due to the way the police have handled the case.
The matter was even made worse by COP Addo Danquah’s deceptively assuring statements that the girls had been found.
In April, the CID boss disclosed that the police had discovered the whereabouts of the girls, only to make a dramatic U-turn on her statement, insisting she was misunderstood.
With the girls now confirmed dead, it is only appropriate that she meets their families to apologise for her reckless comments which undoubtedly has caused more pain. And she must do so in the company of an elderly person.