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The Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has confessed that she deliberately offered false hope when she announced that the Police had discovered the location of the three kidnapped Takoradi girls.
In a television interview monitored by WhatsUp News, the CID boss said at the time she was claiming that cops had located the children, the Police did not have a scintilla of information on the whereabouts of the victims.
She however justifies the false hope by saying that it was a good intentioned attempt to leave a placebo effect on the distraught parents of the children.
“I made that comment because I wanted to give hope to the mothers but I have been misconstrued. Maybe people didn’t understand me. For timelines, I cannot say”.
“I just want to assure everyone that the search is still on. We are not sleeping at all”.
The confession is coming over a month after COP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, got parents of the kidnapped children looking forward to the return of their children who have remained in the clutches of kidnappers since last year.
Ruth Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla Koranchie, were kidnapped between August 2018 and January 2019, and their continued captivity is a source of embarrassment to the Police.
On April 3rd this year, the CID boss held a press conference and announced that the security agencies had redeemed their image at last, as the Police, in collaboration with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) had finally located the children.
“Together with the BNI, we have worked very well and currently, we know where the girls are. I am unable to give the details because we don’t want to compromise their safety.
“It has taken us over three months to even identify where the ladies are and what we don’t want to do is to do anything that will jeopardize the safety of that.”
The announcement was a source of relief to parents who thought they were on the cusp of seeing their children again. However, as days rolled into weeks, and then the weeks started adding up into a month, the Police’ posturing provoked suspicion that the CID boss’ claim was only a bluff.
Frustrated parents of the children grew angry about the Police’ refusal to explain why some swoop or stint operation to free the children has not been carried out if the location of the victims is really known to the Police. Then, the BNI stepped in and announced that it was not aware of the location of the victims as the CID boss had claimed.
A month down the line, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah is confessing that she lied when she claimed her outfit and the BNI had located the children.
Already, the opposition National Democratic Congress has demanded that she resigns. But the CID boss, over the weekend announced that she is an IGP wannabe, hoping to replace the outgoing IGP, David Asante Appeatu.