Two persons have been charged for rape among other offences over an attack on a group of British schoolgirls and their teacher in Ghana last December.

The pupils were on a trip near the capital, Accra on 8 December when armed men broke into their lodge and sexually assaulted and robbed the girls and their teacher.

A security guard was shot and seriously injured during the melee.

‘Two men have been charged as part on an ongoing investigation by police in Ghana, which is being supported by a UK police force’, said a police spokesman.

Ishmael Akyene, 34, a Ghanaian has been accused of 14 counts of robbery, one count of rape, one count of conspiracy to rape, one count of possession of a firearm, one count of possession of an instrument intended for unlawful entry and one count of money laundering.

Daniel Akpan, 29, a Nigerian national, faces the same charges except he is accused of two counts of rape.

They have both been remanded in custody in the West African country as the UK and Ghanaian police are on a look out for a third suspect. They have pleaded not guilty.

Background

The pupils – made up of boys and girls – as well as two teachers, travelled to Ghana for a pre-Christmas holiday and to get a glimpse of how the local inhabitants live.

But shortly after their arrival, a number of armed men entered their accommodation and held the group at gunpoint and the female victims were subjected to serious sexual assaults.

The police statement continued: ‘The victims continue to be supported by specially trained police officers, their school and other agencies.

“Detectives from UK policing will continue to support the Ghanaian authorities as the investigation continues. Work is ongoing to locate an outstanding suspect.”

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