Many members of the general public feel the time for taking action is long overdue. In connection with the cases recorded in 2018 only one person has been convicted and jailed, while another four are currently on trial. Several Ghanaian lawmakers are unhappy with the lack of progress so far. Opposition lawmaker Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah says parliament must intervene to force security agencies to do more to end the phenomenon.
“We do not know if ransoms are being paid, and we do not know if Ghana is now becoming a hub for these kidnappers,” he said.
Ghana ‘still relatively safe’
Security expert Adam Bona says it is in the best interests of the country and its reputation for the issue to be resolved as quickly as possible. Otherwise,”It will impede our development. People are coming in and out of the country. Businesses are coming in and out, and if you look at the issue of tourism, people are coming here for sightseeing, to spend their vacations here. Who will want to go to a country where the chances are that someone might kidnap you? No one will want to do that.”
The city of Kumasi, where several kidnappings occurred, is Ghana’s second largest city and the former capital of the Ashanti kingdom. It is a popular destination for tourists.
Despite the rising figures, Bona maintains that Ghana is still a relatively safe country for foreigners. “We have had these issues of security lately but that notwithstanding Ghana is safer than most European countries today, ” he told DW.
However, he urges visitors and local residents to remain vigilant and keep their eyes open.