Canada Declares Ghana Unsafe For Its Citizens


Ashanti Joins Greater Accra and Western Regions Kidnap-Prone Places

Canadian girl kidnapped                     Canadian

Lauren, One Of The kidnapped Canadian Lady                             Umpakan Chodri, kidnapped Indian

The Canadian government, has issued alert to its citizens in Ghana, to step up their security in the wake of Tuesday’s kidnapping of two of its nationals in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi.

The Canadian government, yesterday warned its citizens traveling to Ghana, saying “violent crimes, including armed robbery and kidnapping, may occur. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone or displaying signs of wealth. Ensure that windows and doors in your residence are secured”.

Kidnapped girls - Takoradi

The Three Takoradi Kidnapped Girls

As at press time yesterday, an Uber driver, has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two Canadian women in Kumasi. According to eyewitnesses, the pair were pushed into a car by some men in front of their hostel.

The Police, has confirmed the incident, stating investigations have commenced in earnest in a bid to rescue the two volunteers who are in the country on the ticket of Youth Challenge International, a nongovernmental organisation.

The Canadian government’s “violent crimes” alert on Ghana, was issued yesterday, June 6, through a tweeter.

It has since updated its security and safety alert on Ghana on its official website to include the latest information.

The two Canadian women on an exchange programme in Kumasi, were kidnapped in the Ashanti Regional capital. They were on volunteering mission in Ghana. Their ages were given as 19years and 20years.

Police in the region, has been tight-lipped on the incident which occurred around Vienna City.

Media checks, revealed the two women, one of whose name has been given as Lauren, were forced into a vehicle at about 8:20pm just when they stepped out of their apartment at Silver Spring Avenue.

It is unclear, whether the abductors have made contact with the family of the victims or the Canadian embassy to demand for ransom.

Sources, however, say the Canadian Embassy in Ghana, which is aware of the incident, is assisting the Ghana Police to rescue the two victims, reported on Wednesday.

Lauren and her other colleague, who are on exchange programme with the Entrepreneurship Department of the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU), are said to be part of a volunteer group working in Ghana.

Monday’s kidnapping incident, becomes the second in Kumasi in less than two months.

A 30-year-old Indian man was on April 25, kidnapped by some gun-wielding men who later demanded for a 500,000-dollar ransom after sending photos of the victim to his with a gun pointed to his head.

But Police in the region managed to rescue Umpakan Chodri the next day. He was said to have begged some women for help from a house on the premises of Akokoamon Primary/JHS School where he sought refuge.

He was able to contact his family with the help of the women and the Police were informed leading to a raid and his subsequent rescue.

In April this year, the Ghana Police Service, rescued a Lebanese Consular General and Head of  Mission of Estonia to Ghana, who was kidnapped.

Mr Nabil Makram Basbous, 61, was on a walk in his neighborhood at Labone in Accra, when he was kidnapped by the suspects, known to be Nigerians.

A police situational report, said the rescue operation took place on April 19, at the Lashibi residence of the suspects after a tip off.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service, has confirmed the kidnapping of the Canadians, but advised media houses to be highly circumspect in the discussion of the incident.

A statement signed by the Director General of Public Affairs of the Service, ACP David Eklu, confirmed the two victims are aged 19 and 20 years.

The Ashanti Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service, has urged the public to assist in its investigations by volunteering information that will lead to the arrest of the kidnappers of two Canadians.

It said that will “complement the effort of security agencies” in rescuing the two.

On Tuesday, June 4, the Command received a complaint about a case of kidnapping at the Kumasi Royal Golf Club in suburb Ahodwo.

According to the police, investigations started immediately upon receipt of the complaint.

“The security agencies are working closely together to get them rescued and the perpetrators arrested,” ACP David Eklu, said.

“The general public is urged to assist the police by volunteering information to complement the effort of the security agencies.”

“Investigation started immediately upon receipt of complaint and the security agencies are working closely together to get the rescued and the perpetrators arrested. The general public is urged to assist the Police by volunteering information to complement the effort of the security agencies,” the statement said.

“Due to the nature of the case, the Police is entreating Journalists, media discussants and all persons to be highly circumspect in the discussion of this matter in the media without first cross-checking from official Police sources.

“Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects and the victims can contact the following hotlines Toll free lines 18555 or 191 (All networks) or 0299202240 Including all Police of official social media handles Facebook GhPoliceService and Twitter- @ Gh Police Service.

“Any further media enquiries should be directed to the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Godwin Ahanyo on 0244288019”.

Meanwhile, some Ghanaians, have called for equal effort in rescuing three Ghanaians kidnapped in Takoradi, Western Region.


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