The four men who kidnapped two Canadian girls in an unfinished building in Kumasi in 2019 and demanded a $800,000 ransom from the victims’ families have been sentenced to ten years in prison with hard labor.
The Court, presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, said in its nearly three-hour-long judgment that the horrific crime that threw the country into despair must not be allowed to taint the country’s relations with its international partners.
On behalf of Ghana, the court apologized to the Canadian girls’ families for the traumatic experience they endured.
The convicts’ lawyers took turns apologizing to the families of the two Canadian girls.
Sampson Agharlor, alias Romeo, Elvis Ojiyorwe, Jeff Omarsar, and Yusif Yakubu were convicted on two counts of kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap.
Agharlor, Ojiyorwe, and Omarsar are all Nigerians, while Yakubu is a Ghanaian.
The four were sentenced to nine years in prison each for conspiracy.
They were sentenced to ten years in prison with hard labor for kidnapping.
The sentence, however, must run concurrently.
As a result, the convicts will each serve ten years in prison.
According to the prosecution, the facts of the case were that Agharlor, who had been in Ghana for some time, became friends with Yakubu in March 2019.
During their friendship, Agharlor brought up the idea of kidnapping as a lucrative business, which Yakubu accepted.
Yakubu agreed to help Agharlor with the kidnapping and even assisted him in obtaining a pistol.
According to the prosecutor, Agharlor traveled to Nigeria in May 2019 and recruited Ojiyorwe and Omarsar to join the gang.
According to the prosecution, the three Nigerians spent some time in Ashaiman after arriving in Ghana before traveling to Kumasi to meet with Yakubu.
When they arrived in Kumasi, Agharlor, the gang’s leader, gave Yakubu money to hire a car and an apartment, as well as buy pistols and other items to carry out their kidnapping activities.
Kidnapping of Canadians
On June 4, 2019, the gang accosted two Canadian ladies who had hired an Uber ride from their hostel in Nhyiaeso, a Kumasi suburb, assaulted them, and forced them into their own vehicle while shooting.
They took their victims to their unfinished building hideout in Kenyasi Krobo, another Kumasi suburb, and demanded a ransom of $800,000 from the two ladies’ families during their captivity.
The ladies were, however, rescued on June 11, 2019, by a National Security operation.