Criminologist Prof Ken Attafuah has said the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, must resign over the Takoradi girls saga.
DNA tests confirmed that the skeletons retrieved from the backyard of the prime suspect were, indeed, those of Ruth Abakah, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21; Ruth Love Quayson, 18; and Priscilla Mantebea Kuranchie, 18, who were kidnapped between July and December 2018.
The confirmation of their death came a few months after the CID boss had told the media at a press conference that the security agencies knew the whereabouts of the girls and were working to free them.
A month after making that pronouncement, COP Addo-Danquah made a U-turn saying she only said that to give hope to the police in finding the girls.
Since the confirmation of the death of the four girls, callers into radio station programmes as well as Ghanaians on social media have clamoured for the CID D-G’s exit.
When the question was put to Prof Attafuah on Accra-based Joy FM’s morning show on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, he said: “In this country, we are slow to do the needful by ourselves, although I know sometimes the clamour happens where there is no sound evidential basis for it”.
But, he noted, “Where individuals themselves know that they have goofed, that they have – by their acts of omission or commission – generated a situation that is untenable that undermines public confidence in the institution that they lead and that also have the potential to affect the future dynamics and effectiveness of the institution, they do the honourable thing of not waiting to be fired but to tender their resignation and to apologise in grace and exit the scene so that pain is assuaged, confidence is assured and innovation is triggered.”
Prof Attafuah, who is the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), told host Daniel Dadzie that: “This [Takoradi girls issue] is one of those moments that people have to swallow their pride; where, as much as they might think they have been misunderstood or that the circumstances have not worked to your favour or have worked against you, that you do the honourable thing: you do the noble thing of saluting the state and taking a bow and a good exit.”
This is not the first time the public has clamoured for the CID boss’ resignation in connection with the same issue.
About a month ago, COP Addo-Danquah defended her continued stay in office when she told an audience at the maiden Commonwealth Speaker Forum in Accra on Wednesday, 15 August 2019, that: “When you have everybody calling for your resignation and other things, the question you need to ask is: Is that what will solve the problem?”
“There is a problem for us to solve and that is my focus”, she told the forum.
She said: “I have to focus and bring whatever situation we have to the conclusive stages not to waste time thinking about whether you want to resign or you don’t want to resign.
“So, when it is time for me to leave, I will leave because somebody was there and I am here and another person will be here.”
The three girls have been missing since August 2018. A Nigerian man is being held as the prime suspect.