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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 5 December 2019


Canadian kidnapping: Court hauls investigator over pocket money

The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Georgina Mensa-Datsa has ordered the supervisor of the investigator in the Canadians kidnapping case to appear before the court.

The prosecutor is to tell the court how much money has been taken from the suspects.

The accused persons have claimed that their pockets money is being hoarded by the investigators and effort to retrieve them have proved futile.

Meanwhile, four of the accused persons in the case have been discharged by the court.

The four are Seidu Abubarkar also known as Mba, Abdul Rahman Sulemana, Safiano Abubarkar and Abdul Nasir.

All three Nigerians Sampson Aghalor, Elvis Ojiyorwe and Jeff Omarsar together with one Ghanaian, Yussif Yakubu have been slapped with conspiracy and kidnapping.

Lauren Tilley and Bailey Chitty were rescued by Ghanaian police after being held hostage for a week in July this year.

“Five Ghanaians and three Nigerians are in custody for this incident. One suspect sustained injuries during the rescue operation. Victims have been flown to Accra. Preliminary investigations show they are fine and are receiving the necessary attention,” Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told the media at a brief press conference.

“They were rescued at Kenyase in a Kumasi suburb. Doctors and psychologists are engaging the victims to give them all the necessary emotional and psychological support,” he added.