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Three more suspects arrested over kidnapping of Canadian women

BY: graphic.com.gh
Lauren Tilley, left, and Bailey Chitty
Lauren Tilley, left, and Bailey Chitty

Three more suspects have reportedly been arrested by the Ashanti Regional Police in connection with the kidnapping of the two Canadian women in Kumasi last week.

They are Masawud Ibrahim, Moro Issaka and Yusif Mohammed.

This brings to 11 the number of persons arrested in connection with the crime.

Eight of the suspects made up of five Ghanaians and three Nigerians were arrested on Wednesday

Six out of the eight persons arrested in connection with the kidnapping were remanded in police custody by the Accra High Court when they made their first appearance on Friday since their arrest.

The accused persons are Sampson Aghalor aka Romeo, Elvis Ojiyorwe and Jeff Omarsar, all Nigerians.

The others are Yusif Yakubu, Abdul Nasir and Seidu Abubakari aka Nba - Ghanaians.

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All of them were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, while Aghalor, Ojiyorwe, Omarsar and Yakubu, were separately charged with kidnapping.

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Three new suspects

The three new suspects are said to be currently in police custody and assisting in investigations.

Reports suggest the Police have not given details about the ages or where the suspects were arrested.

According to the Police, a grenade, two blood-stained knives and a piece of torn singlet soaked with blood were found in the uncompleted building where the accused persons were holding the two victims.

Other items found in the building were “36 live 9mm pistol ammunition, 5 empty shells of pistol ammunition, pieces of smoked cigarettes, Airtel/Tigo and MTN starter packs, a pair of spectacle, dried seeds suspected to be cannabis, a quantity of clothing and 3 used toothbrushes.

The rest were a pair of security volunteer T-shirts with inscription “ARNWC”, money safe with inscription “CUA Ltd.”, a pair of black and white foot wear, a pair of brown shoe, pictures of two males and a female, a Ghanaian voter ID card of suspect Aminu Labaran, company ID card of Sampson Aghaloro.

The police said they also lifted fingerprints from the scene.

A grenade picked from the scene has been handed to the 4BN Military Command in Kumasi for analysis and investigation.

Meanwhile, the two women, Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20, left Ghana last Wednesday evening and have since arrived safely in Canada.