Asiedu Nketia General Secretary of NDC
Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of NDC

The opposition National Democratic Congress has expressed condolences to the family of four kidnapped girls who have been confirmed dead.

NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia expressed sadness on Joy News programme PM Express Monday, mourned that promising lives have been “cut short prematurely”.

“Maybe we could have seen a president or prime minister coming from these girls”, he said after the Acting Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh addressed a press conference announcing an end to the search.

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The IGP said DNA evidence on human remains found in a septic tank of the main suspect Samuel Utodek Wills have confirmed the identities of the girls.

The Takoradi kidnapped girls saga became a subject of a sustained media campaign to get the police find the girls who went missing between July and December 2018.

Over a year, there has been several demonstrations and prayer sessions including fasting in the hope of finding the girls.

Asiedu Nketia called the one-year wait for a closure of the saga “a very traumatizing experience” for the families and asked for prayers for the departed souls.

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He said throughout the saga, the “reputation of the police has been so badly damaged” he is unsure whether to accept or deny the credibility of the DNA tests.

Giving the police the benefit of the doubt, however, the NDC General Secretary hoped that “what they are saying is true.”

The CID boss DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquahin April announced at a press conference “we know where the girls are” and urged the families to “keep on keeping on.”

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According to the main suspect Samuel Udotek Wills the girls were sent to Nigeria by road to a place called Baby Factory.

But weeks later, she was roundly condemned after confessing, the statement was just to give the family hope. The confession triggered calls for her resignation or sack.

With news of the girls’ murder, the NDC General Secretary said “let us hope that what they are saying is true.”