Thanks for rescuing our citizens – Canada High Commission

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Canada’s High Commission to Ghana has expressed the appreciation of its government to the Ghana Police Service and the government of Ghana for the quick rescue of two of its citizens on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 after they had been abducted from the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi on 4 June 2019.

“Thanks to the Ghana Police Service and the Government of Ghana for all efforts made to secure the safe release of the Canadians. We also appreciate the messages of support and concern from many Ghanaians and Canadians,” the High Commission posted on its official Facebook page.

The two women are Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19; and Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20.

Eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping.

The suspects are made up of five Ghanaians and three Nigerians, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told journalists on Wednesday, 12 June 2019.

Mr Nkrumah also denied claims that the government of Ghana received support from the Canadian government in rescuing the volunteers.

He said: “There was no support from foreigners in rescuing the girls.”

“The operation involved the CID of the Ghana Police Service, the Bureau of National Investigations, the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit of the National Security Council and the Defence Intelligence. No foreign assets were involved in the operation,” he stated.