The Police say they are taking a serious view of the various incidents of kidnapping in the country and are working to tackle them.
The police believe that the public will help them deal with such threats and so want them to assist in addressing the problem.
This comes on the back of the recent case of kidnapping involving two Canadian women in the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi.
The Director-General of Public Affairs of the Police, ACP David Eklu told Citi News in an interview on Eyewitness News on Thursday said that the police service has taken a serious view of the threats and is working with the relevant stakeholders to find the women and apprehend the criminals.
“Kidnapping is an emerging crime in this country and we are taking it seriously as and when we go. The assurance is that we are working closely with those who are concerned, the embassy and other security agencies and also we need public support so we are very transparent in this case and also putting it out there so that the public can move along with us to get these perpetrators and rescue these two ladies,” he said.
News of the alleged kidnapping of the girls came public on Wednesday.
The reports said that the two were kidnapped at Ahodwo on Tuesday at about 8:25pm.
The police in a statement said the victims were 19 and 20 years old and volunteers with an NGO known as Youth Challenge International based here in Ghana.
“Investigations started immediately upon receipt of the complaint and the security agencies are working closely to get them rescued and the perpetrators arrested. The general public is urged to assist the police by volunteering information to complement the effort of the security agencies,” the police statement added.
Meanwhile, Canadian authorities have confirmed that they are collaborating with Ghana to find the girls.
Canada’s CBC News reported that Global Affairs Canada had also said it was in touch with the families of the victims.
“The Government of Canada’s first priority is always the safety and security of its citizens,” said an email from Global Affairs spokesman Guillaume Bérubé.
“For this reason, we will not comment on or release any information which may compromise ongoing efforts or endanger the safety of Canadians,” he added.
Takoradi kidnapped girls
Concerning the three kidnapped Takoradi girls whose case has been ongoing for over six months, ACP Eklu “we are working on it.”