Two abducted Canadian girls rescued by police; suspects arrested

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2019

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

Colonel Festus Aboagye (Rtd) said the police would be exercising good judgement by demonstrating to Ghanaians that their safety is of premium importance to them.

Forson also stated that the Ghana Tourism Authority that regulates tourism has shut down the hostel where the two Canadian women were staying, following some inspections.

On its website, the organization said both women were getting support from professionals and that they were physically unhurt.

Global Affairs Canada says the federal government is "very relieved" that the two women have been rescued from what a department spokesman called their "harrowing experiences".

According to Ghana's Information Ministry, the operation to rescue the girls was completed early on Wednesday in the south-central Ashanti region, located in the central belt of the African country.

Kidnappings in Ghana, regarded as one of West Africa's most stable states, are extremely rare.

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Oppong-Nkrumah said a Canadian "team" had been in Ghana to offer help in the rescue, but it was not necessary because Ghanaian forces had the situation under control. Our people on the ground have clarity on what to do. "Consular officials are providing assistance to the Canadians and their families".

The statement assured all Ghanaian citizens and foreigners that "Ghana remains safe".

"Credible and actionable intelligence" led to the arrest of Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, police said in a statement posted on Twitter, without specifying which kidnappings he was allegedly linked to.

CBC News also asked for an interview with UNB, which wouldn't comment about last week's kidnapping.

Rtd Col Abogye said the dynamics of the cases can not be compared although both cases got the support of Ghana's foreigner partners. An Indian national earlier was abducted and rescued.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has vowed to take tough action to end the spate of abductions in the country.

"So, there's efforts on the part of the authorities to ensure that foreigners do not feel unsafe and are able to come here".

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