The Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo has set free the suspected notorious ransom kidnappers whoRecently abducted two Canadian young women. One of the four suspects set free from a total of eight accused kidnappers, is Seidu Abubakar alias Mba, who has been pointed out as a notorious vigilante of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He is also known to have previously worked as of the thugs for the now opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He and three other accomplices were discharged after the Attorney-General curiously substituted the charge sheet of the kidnapping of the Canadians with a new charge sheet, the Daily Graphic online news portal reports. According to what transpired in court this morning, Friday, October 18, 219, the Senior State Attorney, Ms Hilda Craig, told the Accra High Court where the gang are facing trial that the Attorney-General decided to free the four after reviewing the case docket following investigations.
This means the Attorney General basically decided to discontinue the charges in one of the strangest turn of event for the rising threat of ransom kidnapping enveloping Ghana.
Consequently, only four persons would be facing trial in the Canadian girls kidnapping incident. They are: Samson Aghalor aka Romeo, Elvis Ojeworye, Jeff Omarsar and Yusif Yakubu.
They have been charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping. Critics have earlier predicted that Seidu Abubakar would be set free because of his political connections to the current administration. He reportedly belongs to the militia group associated with the ruling party-the Delta Force.
Earlier, the NPP had denied Seidu Mba being associated with it, saying he was rather a member of the militia group of the NDC in the Ashanti Region called the Hawks.Other information claimed Mba is a thug known for his strong and sometimes violent support for the Kumasi-based Ashanti Kotoko Football club. However, videos have emerged showing the same Mba in 2017 leading a group of NPP militants in an assault on a police station in the Ashanti Region to free some arrested members of the NPP’s Delta Force gang.
In June 2019, a team of top national security operatives rescued two Canadian ladies who were reportedly abducted in Kumasi at gunpoint. The two, Lauren Tilley and Bailey Chitty were volunteers for Toronto-based Youth Challenge International, an international development organisation.The kidnappers reportedly demanded a US$ 800,000 ransom from their devastated parents. They were however rescued before any ransom was released.The kidnapping and many more ransom kidnapping currently plaguing Ghana has generated a tourism and diplomatic embarrassment, forcing the security agencies to go on overdrive to root out the gang.