Kidnapped Canadian women rescued by police in Ghana

Nellie Chapman
June 14, 2019

The rescue operation took place in the early hours of Wednesday - the government said in a statement - in Kumasi, Ghana's second city, which is about 200 kilometres northwest of the capital Accra.

Ghanaian actor and entrepreneur John Dumelo has asked the team of security experts from Canada who helped to rescue two kidnapped Canadian aid workers in the Ashanti Region to stay and help rescue the three kidnapped Ghanaian girls at Takoradi in the Western Region.

Youth Challenge International, a Toronto-based non-profit group, says Lauren Tilly and Bailey Chitty were rescued by Ghanaian police. "Consular officials are providing assistance to the Canadians and their families".

The two students, aged 19 and 20, were working as volunteers for a charity when they were seized.

The Ghana Government continues to encourage the media and commentators to be circumspect in public commentary on security matters in order not to compromise other related operations.

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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.

The University of New Brunswick said it was "incredibly pleased" to see a successful resolution to the case but did not offer further comment. One of the suspects sustained minor injuries during the operation, he revealed.

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

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

I will also like to cease this medium to commend and laud the National Security and all sister security agencies in their swift action in rescuing the Canadian nationals.

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