Former National Security Advisor, Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo Mensah, has attributed the current state of insecurity in the country to high-level unemployment among the youth and hardship.
According to him, the majority of unemployed youth are frustrated with some having to resort to committing crimes to make ends meet.
Most Ghanaians have expressed worries about their safety following these latest criminal incidents including the kidnapping of young girls in Takoradi.
The Minority in Parliament and the Ghana Bar Association have also had cause to ask the IGP and Interior Minister to act in relation to this matter.
Speaking to Akua Nyarko Abronoma on Dinpa 91.3 “Anopa
In the past few months, there have been recorded incidents of kidnapping in the Western Region, with three girls going missing.
Another girl has reportedly gone missing since last week in Takoradi in the Western region despite the Police intensity in the national search of the victims of the kidnappings in the enclave.
It’s not yet established whether the recent case involves the same ring which captured some three other girls from the same area for some months now.
The girl, Maame Darkoa Anomah, 25, is said to have been kidnapped at West Tanokrom.
The kidnapper has allegedly warned the family not to report the case to the Police
A relative of the alleged victim told Empire FM’s Emmanuel Ohene Gyan Thursday evening that: “ She has been away since last week. We have not reported to the Police because we believed she would return. Her father felt that she would return. After we received a message from someone through her phone that she was being held by kidnappers, we thought she was just conspiring with someone to play games on us, but she still hasn’t returned.
“ We are getting worried because she is not that type. She is not the type that sleeps outside or stays out for long so we are getting worried now. We will now take steps to report the matter to the police”.
The International Federation of Women Lawyers(FIDA) Ghana, wants government to tackle head on the onslaught of the recent kidnappings in the Western region.
In a Press Statement released by FIDA-Ghana and signed by its Public Relations Officer(PRO) Sandra Ankobiah said: ” FIDA-Ghana whole-heartedly supports the decision by government to deploy aid, personnel, resources, law enforcement and experts to partner with local authorities to find these girls and return them safely to their families. However, our authorities need not only to ensure a security response that enables them to bring those responsible to justice, but also to address the underlying causes of the insurgency.”