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Takoradi Kidnapping: We are getting impatient - Families of kidnapped girls

By Wendy Amarteifio
Takoradi Kidnapping: We are getting impatient - Families of kidnapped girls
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Father of one of the Kidnapped girls, Mr Alexander Koranchie says the families of the girls are getting impatient and that they appeal to the public to help trace their missing girls.

The families of the three kidnapped girls say the mention of the names of the girls and telephone calls to them increases their anxiety since they do not even know if the girls are alive.

Father of Priscilla Koranchie one of the kidnapped girls said the families of the victims were aware that the suspect was in court on the charge of escaping from lawful custody, which was not really helping matters. Adding to that, he said the families are getting impatient and appealed to the public to assist them to trace their missing girls. In an interview with daily graphic he said:

“The level of anxiety is too much. I went to court the last time, knowing very well that the substantive case [kidnapping] has not been called, but I just wanted to hold the suspect and ask him the whereabouts of my child and the two others. Probably he would understand our pain and tell me as a parent.The pictures are out there. If they are in Ghana, we appeal to the public to help trace our children, for we are running out of patience,”Mr Koranchie.

According to the families, they feel deserted by the state especially the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection and the police. They said those institutions had kept them in the darkness for long.

The families added that regular updates on investigations had not been forthcoming and that the initial enthusiasm attached to the issue, had gone down drastically.

Mr. Koranchie also called on the authorities to do everything possible to save the situation.

“The police should get the suspect to tell me where my daughter and the other two are; whether they are still alive and to direct us to where we could pick them. The hauling of the Nigerian up and down in the name of escape from custody increases our pain and anger,” he said.

In the hope of getting back their daughters, the families were made to pay ransoms GH¢4,500 and GH¢1,300 to the alleged kidnappers in the quest to secure the release of the girls and before reporting the matter to the police but to no avail.

On December 22, 2018, the police arrested the main suspect of the kidnapping, Samuel Udeotuk Wills from his hideout on the outskirts of Kansaworodo.

A number of calls between Wills and the victims were analyzed and the police established his connection to the three kidnapped cases.

On December 30, 2018, Udeotuk Wills managed to escape through one of the ventilation windows of the cell after allegedly using a hacksaw blade to cut the iron rods used to secure the windows. 

He was, however, recaptured in an uncompleted building at Kansaworodo on January 3, 2019.

On February 11, 2019, Samuel Udoetuk Wills said he was aided to escape from police custody by one CID officer together with his friends Kwesi and John.

He could not mention the name of the CID officer but said he will be able to identify the person if an investigation parade is conducted.

Also, a search conducted around the building where he was recaptured revealed the dress, the headgear and rubber slippers the third victim wore when she was kidnapped.

He has been in court on the charges of escaping from lawful custody, causing unlawful damage to the police cell and resisting arrest, to all of which he had pleaded not guilty.