Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Canadian women kidnapped in Ghana rescued

Canadian women kidnapped in Ghana rescued

An Executive Director for the Africa Centre for Security and Intelligent Studies, Paul Boateng, is asking Ghanaians to stop comparing the way the police handled the kidnapping of the two Canadian women with the three Takoradi girls.

While speaking during a press conference on Wednesday, Nkrumah said authorities arrested five Ghanaians and three Nigerians during the rescue operation.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo has not commented on the allegations, but NDC general secretary Aseidu Nketia said his arrest was an attempt to "intimidate us and frustrate our activities". "It's the interrogation that will determine who the masterminds are".

"Our people on the ground had clarity on what to do, and the result is what you see now", he said.

Global Affairs Canada spokesman Guillaume Berube said the government was very relieved that the two Canadians were released and thanked the government of Ghana for its cooperation.

He said whilst the police had good and timeous information that led to the rescue of the two Canadians, the same scenario can not be stated for the Takoradi case. Consular officials were providing support for Tilley and Chitty and for their families. "Equally, the pleasure at finding out they were rescued and apparently physically unharmed is great".

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"In this case in Kumasi [Canadians kidnap], they [kidnappers and victims] had not gone outside the jurisdiction of Kumasi but in Takoradi, we believe that they [girls] are not even within the jurisdiction of Ghana", ACP Eklu said whilst speaking on Radio Ghana's "Behind the News" programme monitored by Graphic Online Wednesday night.

This incident marks the second time in only a month's time that foreigners were targeted in Kumasi.

Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitly, 20, were rescued last night in Sawaba, a suburb of Kumasi.

Citizens and travellers are once again assured that Ghana remains safe, it said.

The police said they had "actionable intelligence" against Ofosu-Ampofo, the national chairman of the National Democratic Congress, the country's largest opposition party.

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