Two Canadian ladies who had been kidnapped earlier this month in Ghana have been rescued, and their names have been launched.
Ghana’s Information Ministry stated the rescue operation was accomplished early Wednesday within the south-central Ashanti area. No different particulars had been instantly accessible from the ministry.
However the Canadian authorities stated in an e-mail to Internet on Wednesday that it is “very relieved to confirm” the discharge of the ladies, whose names had been disclosed by non-governmental group Youth Problem Worldwide as Lauren Tilley and Bailey Chitty.
On its web site, the group stated each ladies had been getting help from professionals and that they had been bodily unharmed.
“The parents of both young women have been in contact with their daughters and at this time wish to express their extreme gratitude to the Ghanaian police, the Ghanaian government and the Canadian government for all their support and actions throughout this extremely difficult time,” the web site stated.
The 2, aged 19 and 20, had been kidnapped on the Kumasi Royal Golf Membership at 8:25 p.m. native time on June 4, stated a news release issued by the Ghana Police Service.
Police had not disclosed their names, however stated they’re volunteers with Youth Problem Worldwide. The 2 ladies are finding out at Renaissance Faculty with the College of New Brunswick. Tilley is initially from Rothesay, N. B., a suburban neighborhood on the outskirts of Saint John. Chitty is from Amherst, N.S., a city that borders the province of New Brunswick.
“Bailey and Lauren are receiving emotional and psychological support from professionals as they travel home,” Youth Problem Worldwide stated within the information launch. “Medical reports are that they are both physically unhurt. At this time, we are unable to comment on the police actions, the rescue or the perpetrators of the abduction.”
International Affairs Canada additionally stated consular officers are offering help to the 2 ladies and their households.
“Due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, and out of respect to these two Canadians who have been through harrowing experiences, no further information will be disclosed,” International Affairs Canada spokesperson Guillaume Bérubé stated within the e-mail.
Francisca Forson, a contract journalist in Accra, informed Internet Information Community that two individuals have been arrested, and the Data Ministry will maintain a information convention at three p.m. native time (11 a.m. ET) to supply extra particulars in regards to the rescue operation.
The ministry has sought to guarantee travellers that the West African nation stays secure regardless of a current uptick in kidnappings for ransom. The nation has been thought of one of many most secure within the area for international travellers.
President vows crackdown on kidnappers
This was the second time in a few month that foreigners had been focused within the metropolis of Kumasi. An Indian nationwide earlier was kidnapped and rescued.
Ghana’s president has vowed to crack down on kidnappers amid fears the abductions may hurt tourism.
Forson stated the Ghana Tourism Authority that regulates the business has shut down the hostel the place the 2 Canadians had been lodging after doing inspections.
“They were operating without a licence, and they shut that down, and they also issued a warning that they would be tougher with other hostels or hotels where foreigners are lodged,” she stated.
“So there’s efforts on the part of the authorities to ensure that foreigners do not feel unsafe and are able to come here.”