21 June 2012

Ghana: Police Inspector,Three Others in Recruitment Deal

Police Inspector of the Ghana Police Service and three other persons, who allegedly defrauded over a hundred young men and women to the tune of GH¢250,000 in March, this year, with the promise that they were going to be enlisted into the Police Service, were yesterday arraigned before an Accra Circuit court.

The accused persons, Inspector Senyo Amayaw, who is also a Laboratory Technician at the Police Hospital Laboratory, Silvanus Kumah, a self-styled businessman, Faustina Kumah, a labourer at the Police Headquarters and Daniel Danso, a labourer at the Police Headquarters were accused of extorting various sums of monies ranging from GH¢2,000 to GH¢3,000 from one Louis Tetteh and hundred other person.

They have pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy (Contrary to Section 23 and 131 of Act 29/60) and Defrauding by false pretences (Contrary to Section 131 of Act 29/60) and the court, presided over by Mrs. Patience Mills-Tetteh granted them bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with three sureties each.

As part of their bail conditions, the accused persons are also to report to the police everyday. Meanwhile, they are expected back in court on July 4, this year, for continuation.

Presenting the facts of the case, DSP Abraham A. Annor told the court that the accused person deceived their victims that they were going to enlist them into the Police Service and succeeded in collecting various sums of money, ranging from GH¢2,000 to GH¢3,000, totaling about GH¢250,000.

The prosecutor noted that the victims of the crime were made to report at the Police Hospital at 2a.m to undergo Medical Examination, and on June 16, this year, at about the same time, about 150 young men and women assembled at the Police Hospital premises waiting to undergo the processes.

According to DSP Annor, information gathered was that the prospective police recruits were to report to Inspector Senyo (3rd accused person) at the laboratory.

"Police Administration got wing of the fraudulent activities of the suspects and a team from the Panthers Unit was immediately dispatched to the Police Hospital, where the suspects and their victims were arrested", the prosecutor informed the court.

He further noted that a search conducted on the suspects revealed various enlistment related documents and cash total of GH¢81,250. Investigations are still on-going.

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