By Agnes Ansah Just five days after the rescue of two Canadians from the hands of some Nigerian and Ghanaian kidnappers, another Nigerian has been arrested for attempting to steal a 4 year old boy around the Maamobi Polyclinic in Accra.
The suspect, Ibrahim Azamal, was on Sunday morning arrested after an eyewitness raised an alarm while he was luring the 4-year-old boy into a waiting vehicle with three other suspects in it.
After the unsuccessful attempt to lure the boy, Ibrahim reportedly run into a nearby house and changed his clothing, but his cover was blown after residents of the house gave him up.
The angry mob lynched him before taking him to the nearest police station, Kotobabi Police Station. Unfortunately the three other suspects who were waiting in the car managed to escape after sensing that the cover of their colleagues had been blown.
Confirming the story to The Chronicle, ASP Efia Tenge, Head of Public Affairs at the Accra Regional Police Command, said that at about 0900 hrs, officers at the police station indicated to her that Ibrahim had been brought to the station with marks of assault all over his body for attempting to steal a child.
She said due to the assault meted out to Ibrahim by the mob, he is currently receiving treatment at hospital, while the three others are now at large.
Just last Friday, two other suspects believed to be Nigerians were shot dead in the Upper West Region for robbery.
The police are also on a manhunt for three Nigerians linked to the kidnapping of the Consular-General and Head of Mission of Estonia to Ghana, Nabil Makram Basbous, in April 2019, in Accra, who was later rescued by the police.
Some weeks ago, two Canadian girls, namely Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitly, 20, were kidnapped by some Nigerians in the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi.
The issue threw the country into limbo, especially when some countries cautioned their citizens from travelling to Ghana for purposes of business or any other activity.
On Wednesday, the girls were thankfully rescued by the country’s national security, and the perpetrators airlifted from Kumasi to Accra for interrogation and prosecution.
Three Nigerians, together with seven others, were arrested at Akyiase in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region where they were hiding.
Currently, a Nigerian suspect is being held over the kidnapping of three girls in the Western regional capital, Takoradi, in 2018.
Priscilla Bentum was kidnapped in August 2018, while Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie and Ruth Love Quayson were kidnapped in December of the same year.
Due to the rise in kidnappings in the country, the police, security agencies and the Information Ministry has called on Ghanaians to volunteer information on people they deem strange in their communities to enable the authorities curb the issue.