Deputy Defence Minister Major rtd Derrick Oduro says it would be unfair for Ghanaians to attack the security operatives over their inability to rescue the kidnapped Takoradi girls.
Social media is awash with comments from users over the speed at which our security forces rescued the kidnapped Canadian girls when the Ghanaian girls who were kidnapped for almost a year have not been found.
But commenting on these reactions, the Deputy Defence Minister said the kidnapped Canadian girls were rescued based on information the residents gave to the security forces.
He told Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that information on how the Canadians were kidnapped came in handy and it helped in locating where they were kept.
He said if it was not the information received by the rescue team, we would not have been able to rescue the kidnapped Canadian girls.
‘’Attacking the police is unfair. We have failed to give out information on sensitive issues like this. When you have information on suspicious characters you have to give out that information,’’ he added.
He said ‘’we do not have concrete information on the girls and so the police officers are working with the information they have. Every Ghanaian is worried but we are politicising the matter and that is unfortunate. Every Ghanaian is worried due to the kidnapping of the Takoradi girls.’’
He stressed on the need for the public to assist the police with valuable information instead of attacking them.
He suggested those attacking the police over their inability to rescue the Takoradi girls are ”wicked and insensitive”.
”Anyone who would attack the police over the Takoradi girls is wicked, insensitive and does not have good intensions. They are doing their best and must be supported. People are unwilling to disclose information and that is affecting the work of the police but they are doing their best. Security is a shared responsibility and those criticising are aware of this but they just want to blame the police,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Sekondi High Court 2 in the Western Region has remanded the main suspect who masterminded the kidnapping of the three Takoradi girls – Priscilla Blessing Bentum, Ruthlove Quayeson and Priscilla Mantsebeah Koranchie – last year into prison custody.
The proceedings which lasted less then 30 minutes and presided over by Justice Hannah Taylor remanded John Oji, 29 into prison custody to reappear on June 26th, 2019 has also been identified as a Nigerian.
Adelaide Kobire Woode represented the state, from the Attorney General’s Department.
She prayed the that John Oji’s name has been mentioned by the first convict Samuel Wills in connection with the alleged kidnappings in the once peaceful city and was charged with conspiracy to kidnap and kidnapping.