Chiefs and people of Amoam-Achiase in the Ashanti Region where two kidnapped Canadian nationals were rescued, say they feel devastated over the incident.

Chief of the community, Nana Kwaku Duah, says though no native was involved, he and his people are worried about carrying a bad name for the rest of their lives.

“None of them [suspects] is from this town but it happened that the premises they used to hide these people is called Amoam-Achiase. We are praying to the Almighty God that it wouldn’t happen again,” Nana Duah said.

Nana Kwaku Duah is the chief of Amoam-Achiase

In his first public comment on the issue, he said the community owes Ghanaians and Canadian peoples, an apology for the unfortunate development.

“To be frank and sincere, I am awfully sorry about what has happened. I have to apologise to the Canadian government for what has happened,” he told Nhyira FM.

Lauren Patricia Catherine, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20, were rescued by state security agents from their kidnappers in an uncompleted building at Amoam-Achiase, nearly a week after the unidentified men seized them at Nhyiaeso.

The two kidnapped Canadian women were kept here until their rescue

Five suspects who are said to have fired shots during the rescue operation were also arrested in the community.

Nana Duah says it was an embarrassing moment to the community.

Amoam-Achiase High street