Suspected kidnappers of the Canadian nationals

The Accra High Court hearing the case involving eight persons accused of kidnapping two Canadian girls has granted leave to prosecution to publish pictures of two persons, allegedly linked to the kidnapping.

The Court granted the relief after a prayer by the prosecution led by Mrs Hilda Craig, Senior State Attorney for the publication of the names and pictures of the two in the daily newspapers as well as any social media platforms of the state security apparatus.

The two only known as Mohammed and Derry are believed to be hiding in Kumasi.

The Senior State Attorney thus prayed the court for a two-week
adjournment to enable the state to wrap up its investigations, adding
that they have to get in touch with the victims, who were out of the
jurisdiction to conclude their investigations.

She said
“investigations are still on going and that although the victims are out
of the jurisdiction, we are still in touch with them through the
embassy”.

During the cause of the proceedings in Court, some of
the accused persons claimed that, they were being tortured at the Bureau
of National Investigations (BNI) cells.

They accused BNI officials of torturing them all in an attempt to force them to admit to something, they have not done.

Mr Andy Kudjor Vortia, Counsel for Seidu Abubakar, one of the accused
persons told the court that his client was physically assaulted and has
sustained injuries and prayed the court to grant him bail.

He
said “the right for bail for my client has accrued. Nothing links him to
the other accused persons, for him to spend another two weeks in
custody after already spending three weeks.”

Another accused
person, Sampson Agarlor also told the court he had sustained a bone
injury on his wrist due to the use of handcuffs on him just in an
attempt to force him to speak.

He said that “the BNI and the CID
exerted torture on me while forcing me to accept a statement against
myself. Am not saying am innocent, I played some roles, but definitely
not all the roles am accused of”.

The accused alleged that they
were totally cut off from interacting with their families, and prayed
the court to remand them into prison custody, where they could get
access to talk to others and receive visitors.

The State
Attorney however, disputed the claims by the accused persons that they
were being tortured in the BNI cells, and described the accusations by
the accused persons as an afterthought comments to discredit the BNI.

The court, presided over by Justice George Buadi remanded all the eight accused persons into the custody of the BNI.
The Court also ordered the Counsel for Seidu Abubakar, to make a formal application for bail for the prosecution to respond.

The accused are to reappear on July 15.

The eight accused are before the court for the allegedly kidnapping two Canadians nationals Miss Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley and Miss Bailey Jordan Chilly, in Kumasi, on June 4.

They are Sampson
Aghalor, alias Romeo, Elvis Ojiyorwe and Jeff Omarsar, are Nigerians,
while Yusif Yakubu, Abdul Nasir, Seidu Abubakar, alias NBA, Safianu
Abubakar, and Abdul Rahman Suleimana, are all Ghanaians.

Their pleas have not been taken as investigations continue.

Source: GNA





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