The Police have revealed that kidnappers of the two Canadian women in the Ashanti Region, had a grenade in the uncompleted building where they were keeping the women.
The police said they also found two blood-stained knives as well as a piece of torn blood-soaked singlet in the house.
These details come after the initial arrest of eight suspects, made up of five Ghanaians and three Nigerians, in connection with the crime.
Discovery of the items was made during an operation by the Ashanti Regional CID Crime Management team led by D/Inspr. Collins Arthur at Amoan-Achease where the kidnapped girls were being kept.
“The crime scene team cordoned the area and during inspection and found one (1) suspected grenade, 2 pairs of scissors, 2 knives with blood stains, a piece of torn singlet soaked with suspected blood,” the police said in a statement.
Additionally, “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, quantity of dried seeds suspected to be cannabis, quantity of clothing, 3 used tooth brushes, 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 is among the suspects sent to Accra. Finger expressions were also lifted at the scene,” the police added.
Officials of the 4BN Military Command in Kumasi have taken delivery of the grenade found at the scene for analysis to facilitate investigations.
Meanwhile, the police have said the three more suspects have been arrested and in police custody.
The three new suspects are Masaud Ibrahim, Moro Issaka and Yusif Mohammed who are expected to assist the police in investigating the crime.
Kidnapping of girls
The Canadian girls were kidnapped at the Kumasi Royal Gulf Club, Ahodwo around 8:25 pm on June 4, 2019.
The Police in a statement on the matter said the two victims were aged 19 and 20 and “are volunteers with an NGO known as Youth Challenge International based here in Ghana.”
The development comes to add to the growing agitation in the country particularly in the Western Region where three young girls are yet to be found after going missing for over six months.
Following the kidnapping of the two Canadians, some Embassies and High Commissions in the country such as Australia and UK have issued warnings to their citizens about likely crimes in the country including kidnapping.