Meet the Nigerian kidnapper who recruits and trains Ghanaians

Meet the Nigerian kidnapper who recruits and trains Ghanaians

The suspects in police custody over the kidnapping of two Canadian volunteers have given details of how the whole operation was planned.

So far, six suspects have been arrested by the police and have been arraigned before court for prosecution.

Sampson Aghalor Romeo, Elvis Ojiyorwe and Jeff Omarsar (who are all Nigerians) and Yussif Yakubu, Abdul Nasir, Seidu Abubakari were arraigned before the High Court Friday, June 15.

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The police said three Nigerians and five Ghanaians were responsible for the kidnapping of Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley and Bailey Jordan Chilly.

The two Canadian girls were kidnapped on June 4 while working as volunteers in Kumasi in the Ashanti region.

They have since been rescued, and the suspects charged with conspiracy to commit crime namely kidnapping, which is contrary to Section 23(1) and 89 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960, (Act 29).

Speaking in court, the prosecution said Sampson Aghalor Romeo who had been in Ghana for some time, struck acquaintance with Yussif Yakubu and the two became friends.

The two then discussed plans of going into kidnapping, with Yakubu agreeing to help Romeo procure a pistol.

The police said Romeo later went to Nigeria to recruit Ojiyorwe and Omarsar to join in their plan.

Romeo financed the whole operation by giving money to Yakubu to rent a vehicle, an apartment in the secluded area outside town and two pistols.

The prosecution said the suspects went out for the operation on June 4 and captured the two Canadian girls after they had alighted from an Uber near their hostel at Nhiayeso behind the Vienna hotel. 

The two Canadians were kept in an uncompleted building guarded by Ojiyorwe and Omarsar.

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The police said Romeo then contacted the victims’ families in Canada and demanded an $800,000 ransom.

The accused persons smeared blood all over the victims and on the floor of the building in order to create an impression that the victims were being tortured.

They then took pictures of the blood-soaked victims and forwarded same to their families in Canada to compel them to pay the ransom.

However, a team of National Security operatives, led by Col. Michael Opoku, rescued the victims on June 11.

This was after an exchange of fire between the National Security and the suspects, the police said.

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