We haven’t gotten there yet, but very soon we might be worried sick if we don’t hear from our loved ones every hour.
At least… that would be extreme… but who would have thought we would be discussing four high profile kidnappings in here in Ghana.
Yet here we are. Just yesterday, news broke that two Canadian students who were volunteering in Kumasi were kidnapped at gunpoint in the Kumasi golf club.
The two Canadians who were abducted at 8:25 pm on Tuesday are said to be 19 and 20 years old, according to a police statement.
Currently, their kidnapping has got an international dimension due to their nationalities which means it would affect plans of tourists who want to visit Ghana.
Canada has already issued kidnapping warning to citizens who are already in the country and those planning on visiting Ghana soon.
However, the kidnapping of the two girls is just the latest in a series of kidnappings that have occurred in the country in the last couple of months.
A 30-year-old Indian businessman, Umpakan Chodri was kidnapped last April also in Kumasi.
Three unidentified men, according to police, had onboard an unregistered Toyota Salon vehicle and forced Chodri who was driving a black, Mazda CX-7 with registration number AS 5442-17, at gunpoint into their vehicle at Ahodwo Kumasi and sped off.
Before his rescue, Chodri’s kidnappers had called his relation, Tamil Kumar who is a businessman and demanded a $500,000 ransom for his release warning him not to involve the police.
However, in that same month, the Estonian Consular General, Nabil Makram Basbous was abducted at gunpoint in Labone, Accra.
Nabil Makram Basbous was rescued by the Special Weapons and Ammunition Tactics (SWAT) Unit of the Accra Regional Police Command in April.
The 61-year-old diplomat was kidnapped by Nigerians while embarking on a health walk within his neighbourhood at Wangara in Labone, Accra.
He was kept hostage in a house at Lashibi, a suburb of Tema. The kidnappers were reportedly awaiting a ransom when police stormed the house.
Now to the mother of all the kidnappings… the of the Takoradi girls.
Till date, nothing tangible has come out of the investigation into their kidnapping except for a desperate attempt by the CID to save face and “give hope to the families.”
Till date, the girls have not been found and there’s no clear indication that the police is making headway in their investigation.
We hope these girls are returned to their families as soon as possible.
General security should also be improved else the Year Of Return will quickly turn into the Year Of No Return.
We’ve said our peace!