Bryan Acheampong gives account on how the two Canadian girls were rescued
The rescue of the Canadian women was a national security operation but lots of people and technology was involved.
It’s a feather in our cap that we were able to find the Canadians in the two days that were involved in the matter.
The rescue of the Canadian women involved 80% human intelligence and 20% technology.
When the Nigerians first came to Ghana, they made contact with people in Ashaiman, Aflao & Kumasi and tried to recruit them. A lot of people rejected them. We’ve picked up a lot of people in the chain.
Not all the people we’ve picked up so far were directly involved in the kidnapping, we’re now trying to sort them out but we’re 99% sure the 5 Ghanaians and 3 Nigerians were involved.
A lot of the people the Nigerians contacted in the country rejected the offer to commit that kind of crime (kidnapping).
In kidnapping, the first 24 hours are crucial. The Canadians’ case was reported quickly. Police got wind of the Takoradi girls’ kidnapping after about a week so the degree of difficulty is different.
We have committed more resources to the Takoradi missing girls’ case since its amplification than any other case, since I came into my office.
We exist to ensure that Ghanaians and everyone who comes to Ghana are safe.
We have a whole unit working on the Takoradi girls’ case, it’s not true that we put more effort into rescuing the Canadian women
We don’t have a security situation in Ghana. We have a political problem with everything taking a political tone. There are gaps which are being dealt with but something could filter through once in a while