At last two out of the three families of the Takoradi girls have agreed to cooperate with the forensic team charged with undertaking the tests to identify the human remains discovered in the regional capital.
Only a scientific approach can
allow for the identification of the human remains at this time. It is a
time-tested identification audit of the human body, the only one used under
such circumstances and others.
The detectives undertaking the
forensic tests would need all the co-operation from the families of the missing
girls and even others in their assignments.
This is an assignment in which,
unlike others, Ghanaians are all ears awaiting its outcome.
We were saddened by the omnibus
non-cooperation announcement by the two out of the three families of the
missing girls. This worry has now given way to hope that the police will be
able to undertake their mission without avoidable hindrance.
It is our position that the
families of the missing girls at this stage should be managed and not attacked
for any variation in their mood. They have suffered sufficient anxiety which,
in the case of persons with failing health, could even be fatal.
While we call on the police to
bear with the families whenever they become unduly obstinate, we would be quick
to plead with the latter to calm down and understand that we are with them in
their demand for the unravelling of the conundrum surrounding the missing girls
and their eventual discovery and alive, God willing.
We do recognize the pain that
they have gone through since the disappearance of their daughters. How they
have managed life since then is miraculous; we salute them for the emotional
We think and pray that this is
the last lap in the arduous journey towards finding the missing girls.
It was in order for the state
to engage clinical psychologists for the aggrieved families. We do not know
whether the duration of the service but would rather it is an extensive one so
their expected anxiety would be psychologically managed as we especially await
the outcome of the forensic tests.
In one of the related pictures
a few days ago in the media, the mother of one of the victims was seen weeping.
The emotional scene, infectious as it was, touched the heart of many a parent
who saw it.
At this stage, we ask the
Police Administration to maintain and sustain the seeming trust now returning
in their relations with the aggrieved families. One of the families is yet to
be won over though but that notwithstanding we think with persistence and tenacity
they would eventually calm down and cooperate with the forensic team.
One of the demands of the
families is about a certain police officer who they are not comfortable with.
Indeed, they would want that cop questioned over some issues relating to the
subject under review. We find it curious that the families would persist on
that tangent and ask that they be obliged the request; perhaps, in it lies a
- Families of the three girls missing in Takoradi are demanding an independent forensic analysis of human remains retrieved by the police from a cesspit at Kansoworodo. Ruth Quayson, Priscilla Blessing…