On Monday evening, two Canadian women aged 19 and 20 were abducted as they arrived at the Kumasi Royal Golf Club in Kumasi. The BBC reports that they were arriving home at their apartment in the Ahodwo district.
Some news coverage suggests the two women were forced into an Uber were they arrived at their destination. The AFP reports that they were travelling with a third Canadian, and ‘when they reached their destination, the pair got out of the taxi first and were taken, he said. The third woman then went to alert the police with the Uber driver.’
Police have said the women ‘are volunteers with the group Youth Challenge International, a Canadian international development organisation with its headquarters in Toronto.’ It has been reported elsewhere that they were taking part in a university exchange programme.
No statement has been made yet on whether a ransom has been demanded. An Uber driver has been arrested in connection with the abduction.
News Release: Reported case of kidnapping of two (2) Canadian nationals in Kumasi pic.twitter.com/d4rXNv5aj9
— Ghana Police Service (@GhPoliceService) June 6, 2019
Other abductions and security incidents
In April, an Indian businessman was kidnapped for ransom in Kumasi. He was rescued by police. Also in April, an Estonian diplomat was abducted in Accra, the nation’s capital.
In December, three school girls were abducted form Takoradi, in the west of Ghana. They remain missing and authorities have come under pressure for their failure to solve the case.
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Further news and information
- The Guardian: Two Canadian volunteers missing in rare kidnapping in Ghana
- Ghana Web: Uber driver arrested in connection with the kidnap of Canadians
- Ghana Web: Two Canadian nationals abducted in Kumasi
- BBC News: Two Canadian women kidnapped at gunpoint in Kumasi, Ghana
- South China Morning Post: Two Canadian charity volunteers kidnapped as they got out of an Uber at golf club in Kumasi, Ghana
Two Canadian women abducted at a golf club in Ghana.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 7, 2019
— Yahoo Canada News (@YahooCanadaNews) June 6, 2019
— CBC Politics (@CBCPolitics) June 6, 2019
Two Canadians Kidnapped in West African Nation of Ghana https://t.co/T8wZtt37en
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) June 6, 2019
Ghana police arrests Uber driver over kidnap of Canadian women https://t.co/MC6KwNRZ6l
— africanews (@africanews) June 7, 2019
— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) June 6, 2019
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