Police relax probe into death of Lance Corporal?
The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) of the Ghana Police Service’s unpreparedness to release the result of DNA on some human bones exhumed from Tema Newtown has impeded the investigation into the disappearance of a police bodyguard close to eleven years ago.
Number 38222 L/Cpl Michael Odonkor Adamptey, bodyguard of then Director General of Police Operations and later the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr John Kudalor, in the morning of the 22nd of September 2009, mysteriously disappeared from the Tema Newtown police barracks and has since not been seen.
Years later, in 2011, excavation for a planned construction in Tema Newtown resulted in the exhumation of human parts believed to be the remains of the disappeared bodyguard.
The said remains were sent to the Police Crime Laboratory for test to ascertain whose remains were excavated.
Upon request by the FSL, parents of the missing policeman were transported from Opesika in the YiloKrobo Municipal Assembly to the facility, where the required blood samples were obtained for the DNA process to commence.
Sadly, the said scientific analysis could not be undertaken due to the non-availability of the required reagents to run the test. It could, however, be done outside the country.
Since then, and even though the installation is well resourced now to conduct the DNA test, the much needed report by the laboratory on the bones has not been out for the investigators to arrive at a conclusion.
The paper’s findings are that normally, after seven years of one’s disappearance and if nothing is heard of the person, he or she is declared dead and the appropriate actions taken.
In this instance, the police was expected to take care of his children till they attain 18years.
L/Cpl Adampteyhas a wife and two children, 12 and 14 years respectively.
Evidence of his payment of statutory welfare package showed his contribution whilst in active service.
A highly placed source at the police headquarters, who preferred anonymity, indicated that the welfare package could easily be paid but unless his status is ascertained.
Immediately after his disappearance, the bodyguard was declared and published as a deserter and it is only the DNA test that would nullify that ‘absent without leave’ status.