Global Affairs has confirmed that Canadians were kidnapped in Ghana.
The government didn’t offer details on the identity of the Canadians citing privacy reasons, but said consular officials had been in contact with their families.
The women, aged 19 and 20, had been volunteering for the charity Youth Challenge International, according to a police statement. It did not name them or say precisely when they were taken from the Royal Golf Club, Kumasi.
“The Government of Canada’s first priority is always the safety and security of its citizens. For this reason, we will not comment on or release any information which may compromise ongoing efforts or endanger the safety of Canadians,” a spokesperson told Global News in an email.
The incident comes after a spate of kidnappings in the region. Local media say an Indian man was kidnapped in April, but was rescued not long after. Police in the western region of Takoradi are currently searching for three women who were allegedly kidnapped in April.
The president of Ghana addressed the situation, saying he was very “determined” on the issue, Ghana Web News reported.
“We are all concerned about this phenomenon of kidnappings which we have not known. Our brothers and sisters in Nigeria have known it. But we have not known it in this country and we need to do something about it to make sure that it doesn’t become a feature of our society,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said.
*with a file from Reuters