Arrested Nigerian kidnappers tried recruiting Ghanaians - National security minister

Arrested Nigerian kidnappers tried recruiting Ghanaians - National security minister

- Bryan Acheampong has revealed that the Nigerian suspects tried recruiting Ghanaians into the kidnapping business

- According to him, they tried recruiting Ghanaian 'criminals' from Ashaiman

- The Ghanaians reportedly refused the offer to be recruited

Minister of State in Charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong has revealed that the Nigerian suspects arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two Canadian women in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, tried recruiting some Ghanaians to help them carry out such crimes in the country.

According to him, many of the Ghanaians who were approached by the Nigerians rejected the offer to perpetuate such crimes.

Speaking in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show on Thursday, June 13, 2019, Acheampong revealed that the joint security operation successfully traced most of the people who came into contact with the Nigerian suspects.

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“When the Nigerians first came to Ghana, from Aflao, they made contacts with some people trying to recruit them. They went to Ashaiman trying to recruit them.

In Kumasi, they made several local contacts, trying to recruit them. A lot of these people rejected the offer… Because what was being introduced to them was completely alien,” he said.

Acheampong commended the Ghanaians, believed to be criminals who rejected the offer saying “Ghanaians know what they want to do and what not to do.”

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The Minister said although eight persons had officially been arrested in direct connection with the incident, many others have been picked up because they came into contact with the Nigerian suspects.

“We have picked up almost everybody in the chain and we are still picking people, we are interviewing them,” he added.

Acheampong said investigations were still ongoing to possibly arrest more suspects and further profile them to ascertain whether or not they are directly involved in the crime.

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