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Kidnapped Takoradi girls: Release remains to families – Lawyer to Police

A human rights lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu has asked the police to prove Ghanaians right by releasing the remains of the Takoradi kidnapped girls as promised.

The families of three of the missing Takoradi girls who were declared dead by police are still agitating for the release of the victims’ remains after the DNA test. 

Till now, the police have not fulfilled their promise and also refusing to give them the hard copies of the initial police forensic results that confirmed the death of the girls.

Speaking on the Eyewitness News, Mr. Sosu who is also the NDC parliamentary candidate for Madina said that the police are under no obligation to keep the bodies,

He further urged the police to make the remains available to the relatives.

“In the first place the police throughout this trial have conducted themselves in ways that have raised doubts as to how they are handling this matter. So this is the time of proving everyone right by simply releasing the bodies, let the families conduct their own independent DNA test, and once it is confirmed that it is the bodies of the missing girls, it settles the matter.”

“But to refuse to release the bodies to the families will rather go to confirm the doubts that they already have as to whether these bodies really belong to their children,” he said.

A former Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, COP Bright Oduro has called on the families of the girls to meet and engage with the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

“I believe that they should see the IGP and express their concerns to him rather than writing to him which will not even be responded to on time and will create further problems. So they have to see the IGP and he’ll call some of his officers and lieutenants so they can discuss all these things. Once they think that the police are not addressing their concerns, I think it’s time for them to push harder and then see the IGP,” he stated.

The families have on several occasions made attempts to reach the police to make available the remains of their relatives for “a second opinion and maybe burial”, but to no avail.

They have even made an appeal to the Inspector General of Police not to renege on his commitment to release the human parts for an independent DNA test.

According to them, they wouldn’t be able to have closure until they independently conduct DNA tests to corroborate or dispute the police report.

A sister to one of the girls, Rebecca Quayson told Citi News that “We are not happy because the IGP held a press conference telling Ghanaians that if the family wanted a second opinion, he was ready to release the bones. But it is a different story now.”

She said three families went to the Western Region Police Command and requested for the remains but they were informed that they were being kept as evidence and has to be guarded for security reasons.

The missing girls were declared dead by police on August 15, 2019.

Source|citinewsroom.com

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