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Regional News of Friday, 5 July 2019


Chief worried about linking his community to kidnapped Canadian women

Chiefs and people of Amoam-Achiase in the Ashanti Region where two kidnapped Canadian nationals were rescued say they feel devastated about the incident.

Chief of the community, Nana Kwaku Duah, says though no native was involved, he and his people are worried about carrying a bad name for the rest of their lives.

“None of them [suspects] is from this town but it happened that the premises they used to hide these people is within Amoam-Achiase. We are praying to the Almighty God that it wouldn’t happen again,” Nana Duah said.

In his first public comment on the issue, he said the community owes Ghanaians and Canadian peoples, an apology for the unfortunate development.

“To be frank and sincere, I am awfully sorry about what has happened. I have to apologise to the Canadian government for what has happened,” he told Nhyira FM.

Lauren Patricia Catherine, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20, were rescued by state security agents from their kidnappers in an uncompleted building at Amoam-Achiase, nearly a week after they were seized by some men at Ahodwo in Kumasi.

Five suspects who are said to have fired shots during the rescue operation were also arrested in the community.

And Nana Duah says it was an embarrassing moment to the community.