By Maxwell Ofori
The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, can at least heave a sigh of relief, following praises piled on her by some close family members of the missing girls, who have been confirmed dead.
The praises showered on the CID boss, the family members of Bentum and Korankye, were borne out of her support and professional relationship during the frantic search for the girls.
These family members of the four kidnapped girls said the CID boss was in constant touch with them and did enough to assuage their pains.
Isaac Ackon, cousin of Priscilla Bentum, one of the now confirmed dead four Takoradi girls, described to starrfm.com.gh that calls for the CID boss’ resignation are “nonsensical and misinformed.”
According to him, the CID boss did everything she could to help the families, and that people are unfairly targeting her, but do not know what she did behind the scenes.
“The truth is one. I’m saddened that one person is being unfairly blamed for what has happened. Whoever is pushing for her resignation is being misinformed. We are just sensational in this country; we rather target people for nothing, and when we are asked to prove, we fumble.
“Whatever she ought to do, she did it; she has been calling us, checking up and helping us in every way possible. As a mother, she did everything she could for us. We are targeting her unfairly; it is nonsensical for people to ask her to go; I will stand with her any day,” he said.
“She was calling my father all the time. She has been helpful indeed. People don’t know what she was doing behind the scenes,” he asserted.
Madam Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has become the fresh meat on the butcher’s table, with a section of the public cutting her into pieces for what they said was gross incompetence she exhibited in the kidnapping case.
The reference point, a statement she made that the police knew the whereabouts of the girls, calmed nerves for some time until she made a u-turn that the statement was only to console the family. She was baptised with all manner of insulting words from the public until the issue fell flat.
Unfortunately for her, calls for her resignation have reached a crescendo, following confirmation by the police, through a DNA test, that the human remains retrieved during investigations were that of the girls, and that they were dead.
To her attackers, she deceived the families and the public as a whole with her statement on the whereabouts of the girls.
Meanwhile, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu, says the service was open to a second opinion on the DNA report on the bodies retrieved at Kasawrodo in the Western Region, starrfm.com.gh further reported.
According to the report, ACP Eklu remarked that the police had nothing to hide in the results that confirmed that the bodies were that of the missing girls.
“The news on the girls isn’t a pleasant one. There are some concerns in the media which we may find difficulty understanding. We deal with the families on individual basis. If the families want the remains for independent tests, we won’t object to that,” he said.