The Ghana Police Service have confirmed that the four missing girls in the Western regional capital Takoradi are dead.
The Ag. Inspector of General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh said at a press conference Monday, that the results of the DNA test on remains retrieved in Takoradi have been relayed to the families along with condolences.
Ghanaians after hearing the sad news took to social media to comment on the issue. The hashtag #BringBackOurTadiGirls has been tweeted so many times and its the number trending topic on Ghana Twitter right now.
Here is what some social media users on Twitter are saying….
So the prez wants us to make so much noise before he fires the CID boss. Must we always make noise before the right thing is done in this country. Ahba!! May their souls rest in peace #BringBackOurTaadiGirls #Takoradi
— Gideon Sarpong (@gideonsarpong) September 16, 2019
— 19 Kojo hohoo (@iamdesmonds) September 16, 2019
We are always quick to suggest that attitudinal change is the way forward if we need to develop as a nation. To me, institutional reforms must be advocated for the most. Our institutions must work! The IGP blew the Takoradi case out of proportion. #BringBackOurTaadiGirls
— Piesie Godfred (@piesie_godfred) September 16, 2019
This is so disheartening. When it was the Canadian girls they were rescued…but we couldn't even resuce our very own. Ghana is a joke
— Annified Annie 🇳🇬🇬🇭 (@NduulAngela) September 16, 2019
The three girls who were kidnapped in Takoradi last year have been confirmed dead following a DNA test on suspected remains.
— Scooper News (@scooper_gh) September 16, 2019
Though we @GhPoliceService were unsuccessful in obtaining and acting on accurate actionable intelligence to enable us rescue the Takoradi girls, we believe the arrests have effectively thwarted more Kidnappings and murders. #StarrAt5 @Starr1035Fm #BringBackOurTaadiGirls
— Atiewin Mbillah-Lawson (@AtiewinML) September 16, 2019
— Special prosecutor (@paa_JT) September 16, 2019
So the time we were being told the Takoradi girls were safe and alive, they were already dead? Oh Ghana! 💔💔💔
— Serwaa Amihere (@Serwaa_Amihere) September 16, 2019
Hmm, as the IGP confirm the death of the Takoradi Girls, I think Heads should roll in Ghana Police Service. I think the CID boss deserve a RED CARD.
So Sad this evening
— #YesuDontForgetMe🇬🇭 (@brasilvaGH) September 16, 2019
Rest In Perfect Peace 3 Takoradi Girls. May the almighty God keep you in his bossom 😭😭😭
— Nungua Nii_Demigod🇬🇭❤🇳🇬✌🇿🇦 (@Nii_DemiGod) September 16, 2019
Like seriously? The 4 Takoradi girls are gone just like that? Wow
It's only God who can comfort the hearts of their parents.
God be their comforter
Soo sad this evening
— selasi🇬🇭 (@_Selasi) September 16, 2019
Feel so sad of the issues of the Takoradi Girls
— SEIDU ADAMU (@Chiefseiduadamu) September 16, 2019
The four missing Takoradi girls confirmed dead-IGP.
Our security agencies must sit up. So sad. The CID boss must resign for misleading their families.
— Jamal Cisse (@JamalCisse) September 16, 2019
Hmmm Ghana Police Service. I got nothing much to say, but may God console the families of The Takoradi girls over the sad news that DNA match with the girls. We've failed as a nation!! 😢 💔
— King Kojo Dan (@mrdan_am) September 16, 2019
These are what people are saying about the Takoradi kinapped grils who have been confirmed dead. You still follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BringBackOurTadiGirls.
The Story So Far.
As the state makes progress with the prosecution of two Nigerian suspects in connection with the disappearance of three girls in Takoradi who were kidnapped in 2018, Citi News’ Western Regional Correspondent, Akwasi Agyei Anim chronicles series of events that have happened since news of the kidnapping broke.
1. All three girls kidnapped in 2018
2. Two lived at Diabene and one at Kansaworodo, both suburbs of Takoradi
3. First to be kidnapped was Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21 years, on 17th August, 2018 at Kansaworodo
4. Second to be kidnapped was Ruth Love Quayson, 18 years, on 4th December, 2018 at Butumagyebu junction
5. Third to be kidnapped: Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, 18 years, on 21st December, 2018 at Nkroful
6. Evidence of kidnapping: Kidnappers of Ruth Love Quayson, for instance, used her phone to call the mothers phone and demanded a ransom for her release. They followed up with text messages which included one sent on 6th December, 2018 at 5:55pm which read “Ur daughter is sick u beta pick so she can come back home”
7. Account of Sister, Nana Adjoa Quayson in a text: “She left house around 9:30 to 10am on the 4th of December 2018 to go to MTN office for a job recruitment then later called us with her phone around 1:30 crying and telling my mom to help her cos e taxi that she took she didn’t see anything again and that some people has taken her into a room demanding for gh500.00 before they will leave her ”.
8. 10 thousand ransom was later demanded in a phone call for her release.
9. They first went to Takoradi MTN office before 2pm on 4th December, 2018 for help to trace the number but were refused until Police request.
10. Moved to the Takoradi Market Circle station around 2pm on the same day but the station told them they already have one unresolved kidnapping case so they should go to the Takoradi Central Police station.
11. They then went to the Takoradi Central Police station around 3pm to report.
12. On the 5th of December, 2018 first payment of 100 Ghana cedis was made for her feeding through the kidnapped girl’s phone. The police even recommended they rather pay 50 but the kidnappers said 50 was not enough for her feeding.
13. Paid another 100 for medicine on the 6th of December when the kidnappers demanded money to buy medicine for the sister who had taken ill.
14. After more demands for the payment of the ransom of 10 thousand which was later bargained down to eight thousand, they went to the BNI on 7th December who advises they request for more time to organize.
15. Used different number to send 500 on the 7th with the consent of the Police and BNI who encouraged them to send to help them to track the number. This led to the arrest of an old student of TTI but he was not connected and later released but mere coincidence of same name.
16. Another 500 Ghana Cedi was sent with the help of a Pastor to the kidnappers within the second week of kidnapping, which led to the arrest of Sam Udeotuk Wills on 22nd December, a Nigerian, at Kasaworodo two weeks after the kidnapping but escaped on 30th December, 2018.
17. Between 1st to 3rd January, social media and traditional media took up the issue demanding investigation into the
18. First demonstration by relations and friends of kidnapped girls as well as Takoradi residents demanded investigation and prosecution of officers on duty on 4th January morning.
19. On the same 4th January, 2019 after a two-week ultimatum was given for officers on duty to produce him, the police rearrested the escapee, Sam Udeotuk.
20. Suspect appeared before Takoradi District Court on 9th January, 2019 on charges of Escaping Unlawful Custody, Resist Arrest and Destroying public property which he pleaded not guilty and was remanded.
21. Suspect reappear before court on 16th January, 2019 on charges.
22. Distressed family of kidnapped Takoradi girls give police one-week to find girls or face demo
23. Kidnapping scare hit Sekondi-Takoradi with numerous alleged kidnapping/attempted incidences.
24. W/R Police Command PRO on 22nd January, 2019 assures kidnapped girls’ family of continuous investigation, hints of new leads
25. Western Police Commander on 23rd January, 2019 holds first official press confab on kidnapped girls, laying out how the kidnaping went and their investigation carried. They also said they are following up on certain leads. Alleged messages from suspect Sam Wills’ phone revealed he had a going relation with the kidnapped girls, taken some ransom, promised some phones and others.
26. Takoradi Residents on 25th January mounts street awareness to mount pressure police with the #BringTheTadikidgirls
27. Ketan Junction/ Ahenkofi residents on 28th January besiege uncompleted hotel demanding release of suspected Nigerian Kidnapper
28. Police PRO on 28th January, 2019 warns speculative kidnap cases could lead to lynching of innocent persons-Police PRO
29. Police CID Boss and Minister of Women and Children visits families
30. Police on 1st February assists kidnapped victims’ family with psychologist
31. Friends, relations of kidnapped girls and Takoradi residents on 4tn February held vigil in demand of kidnapped girls
32. Archbishop of Accra on 6th February console’s kidnapped girls’ families
33. Kidnapping suspect Sam Udeotuk Wills reveals on 11th February during his cell break trial that a CID Officer aided his escape from cell.
34. Acting Western Regional Police Crime Officer set up investigation into escaping of suspect but tightlipped on result of investigation.
35. Takoradi kidnapped Girls’ families on 14th February held a press conference and demanded President’s intervention or face demo
36. Kidnapping suspect Wills on 19th February fails to produce witness, John/Kwesi in court
37. Taadi Concerned-Mothers Association on 21st February held a float and expressed disappointment with President’s silence on the kidnapped girls
38. Kidnapped girls’ families on 4th March demanded representation in Suspect’s escape case
39. Kofi Kinata on 21st March added voice and justified social media campaigns to find kidnapped Takoradi girls
40. 2nd April: CID Boss assures families of knowing the where about and safety of kidnapped girls.
41. 3rd April; Kidnapped girls’ families warns CID Boss from playing with their emotions
42. 23rd April; Kidnapped girls’ families threaten to storm CID headquarters for lack of information on where about of kidnapped girls
43. 24th April; Kidnapped girls’ families give IGP,CID Boss ultimatum to clarify rumours on Daily Guide’s report
44. 29th April; Kidnapping suspect, Sam Udoetuk Wills, convicted for 18 months for cell-break
45. 1st May; Police finally introduces liaison officers to kidnapped girls’ families
46. 12th May; CIB Boss confesses earlier statement was just to give families hope and was misunderstood
47. 21st May; Families of kidnapped girls’ appeal for CID Boss removal
48. 3rd June; Concerned Mothers Association reiterate calls for CID Boss’ removal over refusal to apologize for lying on the whereabouts of the kidnapped girls
49. 8th June; Western Youth for Justice demo to pressure on whereabouts of kidnapped girls
50. 12th June; Takoradi kidnapped girls’ relations welcome Canadian rescue with disappointment
51. 12th June; Second Nigerian kidnapping suspect arrested in Togo, John Oji, remanded by Sekondi High Court.
52. 7th July; Sekondi-High Court asks legal representation for Tadi kidnapping suspects
53. 15th July; Families of Takoradi Kidnapped girls hold press confab in Accra with threat to demonstrate on 10 August.
54. 2nd August; Police retrieve human remains from a septic tank behind a house the principal suspect Samuel Udotek Wills previously lived in. Credit :Citinewsroom.com