We’ll Reject Police DNA ‘Dead’ Girls’ Families Cry Out

Alex Kuranchie, father of Priscilla

Families
of the three missing Takoradi girls have given conditions under which they will
co-operate with experts undertaking the DNA tests to ascertain the identities
of the human remains found in a suburb of the Western Regional capital.

Linda
Quayson, elder sister of Ruth Love Quayson, one of the missing girls, said the
families would only co-operate when an independent doctor appointed by them is
present when the tests are being undertaken by the experts.

A
DNA is being carried out to establish whether or not the human remains
recovered from a location near an uncompleted house at Kansaworodo near
Takoradi, where one of the suspected kidnappers lived, are those of the missing
girls.

DNA Test

The
DNA tests have been necessitated by the discovery of human remains after the
key suspect in the kidnap of the three girls led police officers to a septic
tank at Kansaworodo.

“On
our part, we have not said anywhere that we will not avail ourselves for the
said tests. However, we the families of the three missing girls have resolved
that we should be allowed to get an independent doctor present during the said
tests,” she stressed.

Samuel
Udoetuk Wills is the suspected Nigerian kidnapper who led the police to the
septic tank last Friday where some remains were retrieved.

A
police statement which later confirmed the operation to retrieve the human
remains and a subsequent DNA test to establish the details of the skeletal
parts were followed by the Western Regional Police Commander DCOP Redeemer
Vincent Dedjoe and other superior officers visiting the families of the missing
girls.

The
regional commander and his team were said to have informed the families about
the development and the need for them to co-operate in the forensic and DNA
tests to be conducted.

Where is Ametepey?

Linda
Quayson told DAILY GUIDE after the meeting with the top police officers that
a certain Ametepey, a detective with the CID, once demanded to know from the
families of the missing girls the blood groups of the kidnapped victims.

“We
want to know the whereabouts of the CID to ask him some questions,” Linda, who
appears to be the spokesperson of the families of the missing girls, said.

Important Questions

“I
want to ask whether it is possible for a dead body dumped in a septic tank to
get rotten to the extent that the bones would be broken into pieces after eight
months or one year.  In fact, we don’t
understand what is going on,” she said.

She
added that when the police visited them on Saturday, they indicated that of the
three heads they retrieved, one had a corn-roll hairstyle suspecting to be my
sister, and the other had weaved mesh and other one with a weave-on.

“So
in effect the police were trying to tell us that the human parts found might be
that of the missing girls. But that is what we don’t want to accept. We are
still insisting that we should have an independent doctor in the
investigations,” she noted.

Blood Infusion

According
to Linda Quayson, the CID had already been given the
blood groups of the victims in February this year but said “we did not know
what they used them for.”

Initially,
we thought the girls had been found and were being given blood infusion that
was why the CID requested the blood groups.

A Victim’s Father

Alexander
Kojo Kuranchie, father of Priscilla Mantebea Kuranchie, another victim, also
indicated he would not avail himself to the police for any DNA test.

According
to him, prior to the operation, the police could have called the parents to
inform them and allow them to even witness what was going on before taking
anything from the septic tank.

“But
the police took the things from the septic tank to Accra before they came to
inform us, so I am in doubt.

“When
an independent doctor is present, I will submit myself, but if the police are
those going to do the test, I don’t think I will be present,” he indicated.

Another Victim’s Father

Francis
Bentum, father of Priscilla Blessing Bentum, the first victim to be kidnapped,
remarked: “Yes, we will not avail ourselves for any DNA test” and declined to
comment further.

The
three girls – Ruthlove Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla
Koranchie – were kidnapped between August and December 2018.

The
prime suspect, Udoetuk Wills, and his alleged accomplice, John Oji, are
currently before a Sekondi High Court on the charges of conspiracy to commit
crime, to wit kidnapping and kidnapping.

Police Rebuttal

The
police administration posted series of tweets on social media yesterday,
debunking claims that the exhumation was done because the key suspect, Udoetuk Wills, gave them that piece of
information.

“Police made the discovery as a result of the ongoing efforts at examining several angles of the investigation. Claims that a confession or tip-off to the discovery are untrue,” the posted on Twitter.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi



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