2 suspected kidnapped children rescued

Two minors, 14- year- old Manasseh Salifu and 12- year- old Faith Salifu believed to be siblings are in police protection after they were taken from the main lorry station at Wa, where they were seen loitering.

The police intelligence said they had led to the picking up of the children who were believed to be victims of a kidnap attempt.

According to Inspector Gideon Ohene Boateng, the Regional Police Public Relations Officer, the children were spotted loitering around the market by some drivers and when questioned they claimed to have come from Obuasi.

He said the children alleged that they were kidnapped from Obuasi around 3 p.m. on October 1, 2019 by an unknown person into a black family van whose registration number they could not recollect and brought to Wa.

“The children indicated that when the man picked them up, he sprinkled some whitish substance on them and the next thing they knew when they gained consciousness, they were at Wa,” he stated.

He said when they realised, they were at a crowded area, the two children started struggling and shouting for help, adding that the alleged kidnapped upon sensing danger dropped the children and sped off. 

The PRO said the children had been handed over to the Social Welfare Department at Wa for lodging, adding that the police was making frantic efforts to reach their family.

The PRO used the opportunity to educate the general public to avoid patronising vehicles of strangers who asked them to direct them to one location or the other, noting that it was the current strategy of most kidnappers.

FROM LYDIA DARLINGTON FORDJOUR, WA

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