Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20, both students working as volunteers in Ghana for an worldwide development organisation, Youth Challenge global, were allegedly abducted recently and taken to unknown destination by some gun-wielding men.
According to Ghana's Information Ministry, the operation to rescue the girls was completed early on Wednesday in the south-central Ashanti region, located in the central belt of the African country.
The rescue operation took place in the early hours of Wednesday - the government said in a statement - in Kumasi, Ghana's second city, which is about 200 kilometres northwest of the capital Accra. It said they were receiving emotional and psychological support and were physically unharmed.
"We are cautious about that, one person has been arrested and the one who is serving sentence for escaping from lawful custody was all along mentioning his name so we got him arrested, he was not arrested in Togo, he was arrested within Ghana and he is in custody now".
I would like to state without mincing words that, as at the time the National Security rescued the Canadian girls, the so called Canadian security experts were busily snoring in their beds and had no idea that, the National Security was on such mission. Due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, and out of respect to these two Canadians who have been through harrowing experiences, no further information will be disclosed.
The mayor of Amherst, N.S., said Chitty was from his community and studied in Fredericton along with Tilley.
Canadian officials thanked the Ghana executive for its cooperation "within the resolution of this case".
The local news portal, Citi FM, reported the rescue citing confirmation from the Ministry of Information. "Citizens and travelers are once again assured that Ghana remains safe", Nkrumah said in the statement.
"Ghana's safety and risk profiles remain largely unchanged despite recent events in the sub-region".
- with files from Morgan Lowrie in Montreal and the Associated Press.
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