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General News of Wednesday, 12 June 2019


Kidnappings: Ghana is heaven compared to Nigeria, Kenya - Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister for Defense, Major (Rtd) Derrick Oduro Deputy Minister for Defense, Major (Rtd) Derrick Oduro

The Deputy Minister for Defense, Major (Rtd) Derrick Oduro has likened Ghana to Heaven regarding the kidnapping incidents recorded in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other parts of the World.

When majority of Ghanaians are panicked about the recent spate of kidnappings in the country, the Ranking Member for the Defense and Interior Committee in Parliament described Ghana as Heaven in terms of the number of kidnappings that happen in other parts of the World.

According to him, Ghana does not come close to the number of kidnappings recorded in some countries citing that Nigeria records about 250 kidnappings a day whereas Kenya also records 5 kidnappings a day.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nkoranza North constituency observed that Nigeria records 10-20 kidnappings hourly.

The Deputy Defense Minister attributed the series of kidnappings Ghana is faced with to emerging crimes across the World.

In an interview with Asempa FM monitored by, he said, ‘Ghana is experiencing kidnappings because of emerging crimes, Nigeria about 250-300 people are kidnapped on daily basis, Nigeria records 10-20 kidnappings hourly, go to South Africa, Kenya so many attacks are going on there, other countries record huge number of kidnappings, ours is a small figure, when it comes to kidnappings, Ghana is a heaven’.

He said though Ghana does not have any open confrontations with the terrorist groups there is a possibility they won’t spare Ghana if its security is loosed, calling on Ghanaians to exercise restraint as the security forces try to combat kidnappings.

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