2 accused in Police enlistment scam granted GH¢1m bail

AN Accra Circuit Court yesterday granted a GH¢500,000 bail each with two sureties one to be justified, to the two accused arrested in the recent police enlistment scam.

The court, presided over by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, ordered that one of the sureties must be a public servant with a monthly salary of not less than GH¢1,500

Joseph Seidu Amuni and Alifa Adams were also asked to report to the police twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice.

They together with Ayisha Boku Asuma, Joshua Palma, Ariel Lamptey, Awuni Salinko and Aniah Razak, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit crime, to wit defrauding by false pretences and forgery of documents.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Idun Dery told the court that the police received   information about the enlistment fraud and got Asuma, Palma and Lamptey arrested on December 24, 2014 when they went to collect money from one of the victims.

A search of Asuma’s house, revealed forged police enlistment forms and GH¢58,888 cash.

When questioned, she mentioned Amuni as the person who had kept the forms in her custody.

Later, she admitted collecting amounts of between GH¢4,000 and GH¢7,000 totalling GH¢1.2 million from 300 people.

It is on record that all the enlistment forms allegedly sold to the victims to report at the police training school on January 31, this year, had the same serial number.

DSP Dery said Salinko, the fourth accused, was arrested on January 2, at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle when one of the victims saw him and raised the alarm. Salinko admitted collecting GH¢63,000, but said he had refunded GH¢11,950.

He said Razak, the fifth accused was arrested on January 24 having invited some of the victims from the regions to Accra for medical examination at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

Razak also admitted collecting money from 70 people, but claimed paying same to Asuma and Amuni.

DSP Dery said on February 27, Adams was arrested at the Royal Hotel, Tesano, and he admitted during interrogation, conniving with Amuni to forge the enlistment forms.

On March 13, the police arrested Amuni when he came out of his hideout to collect money from some of the victims, who had lured him to come for the outstanding cash.

By Malik Sullemana   

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