Rebecca Akufo-Addo And Samira Bawumia’s Silence On The Takoradi Missing Girls Deafening

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There is simmering restiveness in the country over the recent kidnapping cases recorded across the country, especially the four girls who have gone missing in the Western region since December last year.

It is disturbing that all those who were supposed to act with dispatch, including the Ghana Police, only saw the need to call in outside help, when the media, mirrored on the harrowing experiences, families of the victims were going through.

We are saddened by the apparent silence of Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Samira Bawumia, who are the mothers of the nation.

Their voices are not only supposed to be heard during periods of campaign, but when girls go missing for months, their concerns could go a long way to prop the Police into action.

In other climes, issues that bother on mothers and children are of utmost concern to the first and second women of the land.

On the 14–15 April 2014, when 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria, the first lady, Patience Jonathan, joined millions of Nigerians, to demand for the return of the girls, by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Until Joy FM, took up the issue and gave it national prominence, the police in Takoradi, appeared to be clueless about those behind the kidnapping, even after arresting the main suspect, who has been demanding ransom from the parents of these girls.

The behavior of the Police in Takoradi, also speaks volumes of the capacity of security agencies to effectively handle crimes, as many of these cases have gone unsolved.

Even if coming late in the day, it will be reassuring to hear the first and second lady, add their voice to the call for the police to locate these girls, whether dead or alive, after all, the Gender Minister, has also woken up to her responsibility.

The police, from the accounts of the families of the kidnapped girls, showed lack of interest in the case, it was as though, they were working in the interest of the kidnappers.

To solve crimes like this, the police in our opinion, must work closely with people in the affected communities to arm them with relevant information.

The police must, however, work towards earning the trust of the people without which they may not make meaningful progress.

Let us all join the calls to demand the return of the girls. #BringBackOurTaadiGirls
 

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