Four Canadian suspect kidnappers freed


Four out of eight persons suspected to be the kidnappers of two Canadian girls in Kumasi have been discharged by an Accra High Court.

The four are Abdul Nasir, Safianu Abubakar, Abdul Raman Sulemana alias Wofa and Seidu Abubakar.

They were discharged following the State Attorney, Hilda Craig’s plea to the court that, they would want to discharge them because investigations have proven that they are in no way linked to the kidnapping.

The prosecution, subsequent to the discharge substituted the earlier charge sheet and pressed charges against the remaining four, Sampson Agalor alias Romeo, Elvis Ojeowe, Jeff Omasa and Yusif Yakubu.

The four now standing trial have all pleaded not guilty to the offence of conspiracy to commit crime namely kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment of two Canadian women.

They (the accused) have been accused of playing various roles in the kidnapping of Miss Lauren Patricia Catherine Tiley and Miss Bailey Jordan Chilly, two Canadians, who were in Kumasi to participate in a youth programme.

Prosecution said on June 4, 2019, the gang, in a car, accosted the two Canadian ladies, who had boarded an Uber taxi at their hostel at Nhyiaeso, a suburb of Kumasi.

They were accosted by the gang when they arrived at their destination and alighted from the Uber taxi.

Agalor Ojeowe, Omasa and Yisif Yakubu assaulted the victims and forced them into their vehicle amid shooting.

During their captivity, Agalor contacted the families of the two women and demanded a ransom of $800,000.

The court presided over by George Buadi has remanded the four suspected kidnappers in prison custody and asked to reappear on the 31st October, 2019.

Source: Ghana | | Maame Efua Duker


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