- The government of Ghana has denied claims that it received support from the Canadian government in rescuing the Canadian girls
- Minister of Information says it took the police 25 minutes to rescue the ladies
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has revealed in a press conference in Accra, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, that it took the national security personnel 25-minutes to rescue the two abducted Canadian ladies in Kumasi.
According to him, the suspects who kidnapped the girls engaged the security agencies in a a gun fight during the process. “They engaged their bullets, resulting in series of gunshot exchanges between the suspects and the security team.”
He also added that one of the suspects in the process sustained minor injuries.
“At 1900 hours, a first arrest was made, by 21:15 hours, one of the persons who is an accomplice directly involved in this incident was also arrested by the joint team running this operation. A local Ghanaian contact who was providing habouring for the kidnappers was apprehended around 20:45 hours leading to the arrest of the other accomplices.”
“The holding place of the victims was subsequently surrounded just before 5 am this morning and by 5:15 am, a joint team had breached the premises with the hopes of rescuing the girls. Gunshots were fired from within the premises and it took about 25 minutes to complete this operation. By the end of the operation, the two Nigerians who were holding the women had been subdued and the third Nigerian believed to be the leader of the gang was arrested later at a separate location,” he stated.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah was also quick to add that no foreign security personnel was involved in the operation that rescued the girls. He debunked the claims in the media that government and security received satellite information from the Canadian government.
He further stated that in all eight suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the crime; five Ghanaians and three Nigerians.
He disclosed that the victims are currently in Accra and undergoing evaluations at the Canadian Embassy.
Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20, were abducted on June 4, 2019, in Kumasi while returning to their hostel from a youth development programme organised by Youth Challenge International.
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