Residents of Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region and its environs on Sunday held a grand vigil for the three missing young ladies that were reported kidnapped last year.

The mammoth vigil was also to highlight what they say is the wave of kidnappings that has hit the twin city.

Although police say only three ladies have been reported missing, residents say at least seven ladies, most of them teenagers, have gone missing since last year.

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Hundreds of residents thronged the dark streets, holding lighted objects such as candles and lamps and prayed sporadically to seek the face of God in the impasse.

The unprecedented vigil started with a “walk of prayer”, according to the organisers, through the principal streets of Takoradi, specifically the Market Circle, after which they return to the starting point, the Jubilee Park.

At the park, pastors led rounds of prayers to seek for God’s guidance for the three young ladies.

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The well-coordinated vigil as supported by various churches and other groups in the region who joined the event with their members.

Sunday’s mammoth vigil adds to the mounting pressure on the police and other security agencies to find the young ladies.

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Organisers of the well-attended vigil, hope to send a firm message to all residents they are stronger together and also to pile pressure on security authorities to fast track efforts to unite Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, 18; Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21; and Ruth Love Quayson 18, with their parents