The former Director of the Department of Gender, Mrs. Josephine Amoh, says announcing that the kidnapped girls are alive was not enough and that state apparatus must speed up the process to get them released.
She said, “It been five months now. How are the girls, who are all at their puberty stages coping in their menstrual periods, are they bathing, eating well? In fact, these children need to be released”.
Mrs Amoh, who spoke with the Ghana News Agency over the recent kidnapping and other related unsuccessful kidnap attempt, said the state of panic that has engulfed the Metropolis need to be averted.
Recently, unconfirmed reports indicated that two women were abducted near the Mount Zion area of Anaji, a suburb of Takoradi, while the first was saved by a passing vehicle, the other was dumped by the road side traumatized.
Other incident of concern was the use of a taxi to rob unsuspecting passengers or even kidnap them.
Madam Mary Ofori confirmed to the GNA that once upon a time, she boarded a taxi near Effiakuma to Takoradi but the driver requested that he alight a male passenger at Anaji before taken her to town, only for her purse to be stolen in the process.
The former Gender Director therefore called on the Police to beef up patrols in the communities to curtail the rise of these unscrupulous activities in the country.
In a related development, some Christians within the Metropolis on Sunday organised a night of prayer and a candle procession along the principal streets within the Metropolis to call on God to intervene in the issue.
Rev. Agyin Aware, Head pastor of the Zion Prayer Chapel, said God is able to open every dungeon and set the children free through the prayer of the righteous and encouraged society to pray and expose evil doers in society.
Dr. Oppong Ankomah, Head pastor of the Faith Alive Church, described the situation as worrying and noted there was the need for all to be vigilant and take personal security seriously.
He said the Christian community would continue to intercede for the safety of the land.
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