The High Commission of Canada to Ghana, Togo and Sierra Leone has commended Ghana for rescuing its two abducted nationals.
The High Commission in a Facebook post said: ‘’ “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.’’
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.
Meanwhile, the two Canadian women who were kidnapped and rescued by the security agencies in Kumasi last Wednesday have arrived safely in Canada.
The two Canadian nationals, Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20, left Ghana on Wednesday evening aboard British Airways flight BA78 to Heathrow Airport in London, the United Kingdom.
Government officials and family members met them on arrival in Canada.
The two were students of the University of New Brunswick and were in Ghana as part of a school internship and were working with Youth Challenge International, a Toronto-based non-profit organisation.
Meanwhile, a former Canadian Ambassador Gar Pardy has described as uncommon, Ghana’s efforts to rescue the Canadian nationals.
Gar Pardy, who has been involved with more than 100 kidnapping negotiations around the world, says the two University of New Brunswick students are “extremely fortunate” that the security agencies in Ghana rescued them when they did.
The people who abducted the two UNB students, didn’t ask for a ransom, but Pardy said it was just a matter of time.