DNA tests have confirmed that some human remains retrieved from the backyard of the prime suspect in the kidnapping of the Takoradi girls are, indeed, those of the girls.
They are Ruth Abeka, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21; Ruth Love Quayson, 18; and Priscilla Mantebea Kuranchie, 18.
They were all kidnapped between July and December last year.
The prime suspect is being held by the police.
The Inspector-General of Police James Oppong Boanuh confirmed to the media on Monday, 16 September that the DNA results had come in positive.
The acting IGP said: “A few minutes ago, officers of the Ghana Police Service informed four families in Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana that DNA tests conducted on some human remains discovered in the course of police investigations into the disappearance of the four missing girls have turned out positive, as the remains of the girls. The Ghana Police Service has, with regret, informed the families that the remains are that of Ruth Abakah, Priscilla Kuranchie, Ruth Love Quayson, and Priscilla Blessing Bentum.”
The families of the missing girls called for an independent DNA test following the retrieval of the skeletons from a septic tank behind the house of the prime suspect.
A team of investigators from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service found the remains when they went on an operation at Kansaworodo, a superb of Takoradi.