Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Four Ghanaians abducted in Cote d'Ivoire released

Four Ghanaians abducted in Cote d'Ivoire by loyalists of Ivorian President-elect Alassane Ouattara have been unconditionally released.

Armed men suspected to be loyal to Ouattara captured five Ghanaians in Buake, Cote d'Ivoire, in December 2010 for allegedly spying for the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo. One man was released earlier on health grounds.

Ghana's Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa told reporters, “Our brothers have been released from the custody of the rebels without any charges”.

He appealed to other Ghanaians living in the neighbouring country, where efforts were made to restore order, to remain calm and continue to respect its laws.

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