Published: Fri, June 14, 2019

Video as four Nigerians are arrested in Ghana for kidnapping Canadians

Video as four Nigerians are arrested in Ghana for kidnapping Canadians

The two students, old 19 and 20, had been working as volunteers for a charity after they had been seized.

Two Canadian females were rescued after they had been kidnapped closing week by gunmen in Ghana's 2d city, Kumasi, a executive minister has said.

The families of the three kidnapped Takoradi girls are urging the Ghana government to show and apply the same energy and urgency used in finding the two Canadian women in rescuing their children as well.

The pair were volunteering for Youth Challenge International, which confirmed their names as Lauren Tilley and Bailey Chitty.

Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said five Ghanaians and three Nigerians are now in custody in connection with what he called a "traumatic incident", and more arrests are possible.

The Canadian government issued alert to its citizens in Ghana to step up their security after two of its nationals in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi were kidnapped.

There was no foreign involvement in the rescue operation, CBC reported.

According to freelance journalist Francisca Forson, two people have been arrested and the Information Ministry will be holding a news conference at 3 pm GMT to provide more information about the rescue operation.

Canadian officials thanked the Ghana government for its cooperation "in the resolution of this case".

Kidnappings were rare in Ghana until a spate of abductions late past year, majority for ransom.

This was the second time in less than a month that foreigners were targeted in Kumasi, with local media reporting that an Indian national had also been abducted and rescued.

Ghana has always been considered one of the least risky countries in West Africa, but the abductions of the two Canadians marked the second time in a month that foreigners had been targeted in Kumasi.

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