Four ‘kidnapped girls’: Police criticised for neglecting emotional needs of families

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A Forensic Clinical Psychologist, Dr Samuel Adjorlolo has faulted the Ghana Police Service for the manner in which they handled the families of the four Takoradi girls, ABC News can report.

The Clinical Psychologist found it strange that the Police regarded the families as passive stakeholders in the investigation processes particularly during the DNA examination that was conducted.

Dr Adjorlolo opined that it would have been prudent for the Ghana Police Service to inform the families about the results of the DNA test days ahead of the public declaration to give them ample time to psych the families up and put them in the right frame of mind.

“We have taken a whole exercise which has a lot of implications for the psychological and emotional well-being of the parents of these victims and we expect that even prior to the announcement you have a proper engagement which sometimes lasts for about one to two weeks just to console the family and get to understand and even accept the results before you could come out,” he said.

“Right now the impression is that you just fabricated some stories to tell just to bring closure to the case,” Dr Adjorlolo remarked.

He argued that the Police appeared overly focused on finding the girls that they failed to keep the family explaining that “It is so strange and I’m quite surprised because I know as part of policing duty, one of the things that we are concerned about is the psychological wellbeing of people who suffer trauma as a result of crime,” he noted in an interview monitored by ABC News.

Dr Adjorlolo’s observations follow the announcement by the Acting Inspector-General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, that the skulls and human remains found in a septic tank at the residence of the main suspect, Samuel Udeotek-Wills, are those of the missing girls.

The DNA results, therefore, confirms them dead.

The families of the four girls at a press conference organised in Takoradi on Tuesday, unanimously dismissed the results of the DNA tests announced by the police on the basis that they were sidelined in the whole process and questioned the transparency of the work done.

They have subsequently requested that the said remains be released to them to conduct their independent tests to ascertain the veracity of what the police have put out.

The Forensic Clinical Psychologist backed plans by the affected families to conduct their own investigations into the matter insisting “They have every right to contest the result and they have every right to say they want to go and do their own DNA tests. There is no trust in the police in this particular case. It has worsened the mistrust people have for the police”


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