Don’t be too happy because UK, US have decided to help find kidnapped girls-Criminologist

A criminologist and lecturer at University of Cape Coast, Edgar Takyi Akunor, says Ghanaians should not be overjoyed because the United States and UK have decided to assist the Police Administration to investigate and track the three kidnapped girls in Takoradi.


He said, the fact that the UK and US have decided to help our police does not mean it is an automatic solution to the challenge.


The lecturer said he has a lot of trust for the Ghana Police because they are capable of doing their job professionally.


He asked Ghanaians not have the perception that without the assistance of foreigners, we cannot manage our own problems and rather assist and trust the police to deliver on their professional job.

The solution to the problem he stressed is to give the police the needed assistance and went on to admonish them [Police] to use different approaches in discharging their duties and be more vigilant in dealing with crime.

The United States of America and the United Kingdom have announced the deployment of a team of investigators to assist the Ghana Police Service search for the three girls kidnapped between August and December last year in the Sekondi/Takoradi metropolis.


The Director General of the CID, Deputy Commissioner of Police Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah who announced this during separate meetings with the families of the three Kidnapped victims assured the families of the police administration’s commitment to finding the girls.


The criminologist told Kwabena Agyapong, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, there are crimes committed across the globe but they have remained unresolved.


He has urged the media to be circumspect in the reportage, avoid exaggeration and allow the police to investigate the kidnappings recorded in Takoradi.

Exaggerated reportage creates fear and panic, he added.


Meanwhile, he has decried the difficulty in the generation of data on criminal activities in Ghana.


The country he said have just a single form of generating data on crime as compared to other countries that have three different forms of getting data on crime.

He attributed this to ignorance, lack of logistics and low moral on the part of police personnel and lack of trust.

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