The families of the four kidnapped Takoradi girls who were later confirmed dead by the police, are currently at the Police Headquarters to meet the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
The meeting is expected to resolve some outstanding concerns the families have raised regarding the outcome of the DNA test on the human parts confirmed to be those of the girls.
While some families are requesting for the remains of the girls for burial, others are seeking to carry out an independent DNA test to be sure of the outcome.
Citi News‘ security correspondent, Anass Seidu who is at the venue reported that a number of relatives have come to Accra for their concerns to be addressed.
“I can confirm that about 50 family members of the kidnapped girls are currently here to meet the IGP. Preparations are underway for the meeting. What I have been able to get from these people is that they are coming because of their concerns on their kidnapped girls. They are expecting some answers from the IGP as well as the results of the DNA test.”
A sister to one of the girls, Rebecca Quayson, told Citi News said they expect to get copies of the DNA report and samples from the remains.
“Our expectation is just simple. They have concluded that the bones are those of the girls so we are going to demand the bones and at least a photocopy of the report.”
The Police had assured to release the remains for further test but according to the families, several attempts to retrieve the remains have not yielded any positive results.
The families have on several occasions complained that attempts to reach the police to make available the remains of their relatives for “a second opinion and maybe burial”, had been to no avail.
According to the police, the bodies are being kept as evidence and is being guarded for security reasons.
The missing girls were declared dead by police on August 15, 2019.
Second DNA test needless
The immediate past Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, COP Bright Oduro COP Oduro has said the families and police must collaborate to bring finality to the matter.
Although, COP Oduro wants the families to meet with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to have a dialogue, he believes that a second opinion on the DNA results on remains of the missing girls will not be necessary.
“For me, I don’t think there is a need for any second opinion. I know the police forensic lab that we have. We have experts who are well versed in DNA profiling and DNA tests so I think what they did was right. A second opinion may not be necessary. But if they have an engagement with the IGP, that will be better. It will ease tension and create some level of understanding,” he stated.