The government of Ghana and its security personnel are working around the clock to find the three ladies who were abducted in Takoradi, the Western regional capital, Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, Tema East MP, has said.
The lawmaker explained that although the rescue mission is taking a long time, several security arrangements have been put in place to find the missing girls and also arrest the suspects.
The angry families of the girls took the government to the cleaners after two Canadian women who were also kidnapped in Ghana got rescued within a week while the three Ghanaians have been missing for almost a year.
The three girls are 21-year-old Priscilla Blessing Bentum, last seen on 17 August 2018; 18-year-old Ruth Love Quayson, last seen on 4 December 2018; and 18-year-old Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, last seen on 21 December 2018.
Recently, the Minister of State in charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, assured the country that the girls were alive and would be found.
“I think that in terms of where the investigation is leading us, I know we know where they are,” he stated in an interview.
“And, so, people will put the question: if you know where the girls are, then go and bring them. It’s not as easy as that and that is where I want to clarify so you don’t put it in the minds of people that we say we know where they are. We know the country they are in and we are doing everything possible to bring them back,” Mr Acheampong said.
“The information we have now, they are fine, they don’t wish to be where they were but we know that they are fine, if it was otherwise, we would have known”, Mr Acheampong told Accra-based Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen talk show in an interview.
Speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM hosted by Kwabena Prah Jnr (The Don) on Wednesday, 19 June 2019, Mr Titus-Glover, who is also the Deputy Minister of Transport, said in spite of the presence of the police and other security personnel in the country, Ghanaians should take their personal security seriously.
“The police cannot be everywhere and, so, you need to provide your own security everywhere you go. Prepare yours before you move around,” he advised, adding: “There are several crime-prone areas in the city and other arrears that we must provide lights to; there should be lighting around those places so that it will limit the robbery cases, and we are gradually doing that.”
He said: “Clearly and generally, Ghana is safe, so, nobody should create the impression that because of one or two crimes, the country is not safe”.
In his view, the recent successful arrest of the kidnappers of the Canadian girls was a plus for Ghana, assuring: “With regard to the missing Takoradi girls, we are getting there”.
“My colleague honourable Bryan Acheampong made a comment to the effect that we are getting there. We want to assure their parents that although it is taking a long time, the government is working hard to rescue the girls. I pray that in no time, at the right time, the girls would be found and brought home.”