A former Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Joseph Yamin has attributed the recent spate of kidnapping in Ghana to what he calls “painful economic hardship” under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
In a program covered by MyNewsGh.com, Mr Yamin indicated that the unavailability of jobs for the youth coupled with the hardship under Akufo-Addo is what may have forced some of the youth into the canker of kidnapping for ransom.
Three girls and others have been kidnapped in Takoradi in the Western region between August 2018 and December 2019 police reveal
Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Ruth Love Quayson were kidnapped and have not been released despite their families paying ransom to the kidnappers.
One Nigerian – Samuel Udoetuk Wills who is the prime suspect in the matter has been arrested an in police custody assisting with investigations with news suggesting another person has been apprehended in connection with the kidnapping in the area.
There are also reports that one boy who was kidnapped in Takoradi last week was found dead in a bush though the police are yet to confirm whether it was indeed kidnapping.
But Mr. Joseph Yamin who was addressing National Democratic Congress (NDC) executives and members at Gyinyase in the Asokwa constituency at an event MyNewsGh.com covered, described President Nana Addo as National Security threat who is responsible for the kidnappings.