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Akufo-Addo reveals biggest regret in 2019

Akufo-Addo reveals biggest regret in 2019


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his biggest regret as president in 2019 is over the four girls who were kidnapped and subsequently killed in Takoradi in the Western Region.

“My biggest regret from the beginning of this year is the kidnapping and killing of the four girls in Takoradi. It is a matter of great regret this year, having to deal with the issue of the missing Takoradi girls,” he said at his annual Press Encounter at the Flagstaff House Friday.

The President who commended the Ghana Police Service for doing a great job in identifying the remains of the missing girls said it was unfortunate the girls’ families lost their kins in such a condition.

He said even though there were some controversies surrounding the death the girls, he hoped` closure will be found as far as the matter is concerned.

The Ghana Police Service is yet to furnish the Attorney General with a docket on new findings on the case involving the four girls who were kidnapped and later declared dead in Takoradi in the Western Region.

The Attorney General’s Department is therefore unable to go ahead with its desire to amend the charges against the two prime suspects – Samuel Udotek Wills and John Oji.

The case involving the two Nigerians accused of kidnapping four girls in Sekondi-Takoradi was adjourned at the last sitting because the Attorney General’s Department wanted to amend its charges against the two accused.

The Ghana Police Service on September 16 confirmed that the four missing girls in the Western regional capital Takoradi are dead.

The Acting 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.

A family member who spoke to JoyNews said, the results given to them shows the tests are positive.

The girls Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21, Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, 18; Ruth Love Quayson 18, and Ruth Abeka were victims of a kidnapping and murdering syndicate in the Takoradi area, the IGP said.

The police boss bemoaned the inability of the service obtain “accurate and actionable intelligence” in “good time”. But he said the arrest of the alleged kidnappers has “effectively” thwarted the ability of the syndicate to continue their murderous spree.

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