‘BNI Man’ Defrauds Police

A man who posed as an official of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and succeeded in duping four  police officers  and a civilian of GH¢66,200, has been arrested by the police.

The suspect, Wereko Baffoe Bonnie, 39, was said to have collected the amount from the victims, under the pretext of purchasing auctioned vehicles such as Toyota Corolla, Nissan Patrols and 4X4 from the port for them.

The police officers are Inspector Grace Bempah, Lance Corporal Geralda Olympio, Lance Corporal Rabiatu Mahama and Corporal Stanley Obeng, and Mr. Edmund Agbo, the civilian.

Bonnie was also reported to have promised to facilitate the recruitment of their children into the Ghana Immigration Service, Customs Excise and Prevention Service and the Ghana Police Service.

The Madina Divisional Police Crime Officer, Superintendant Amos K. Yelisong, told The Ghanaian Times that two years ago, the divisional Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) arrested some drivers during an operation.

He said Bonnie later approached personnel of the MTTU and asked for the release of one of the driver who claimed worked with the BNI.

Through that  intervention Bonnie managed to establish links with the MTTU personnel at the division, he said.

He said Bonnie later approached the police and assured them that he could assist them to purchase some vehicles from the port to which they feigned interest.

Supt Yelisong said the victims then paid  between GH¢14,000 and GH¢15,300 by instalments  to Bonnie towards the purchase of the vehicles. to purchase the vehicles for them.

He said after waiting for some months and the vehicle were not coming, one of the victims suspected foul play.  This compelled the police officers to arrest Bonnie and sent him to the Madina Police Station.

He said the suspect would soon be put before for impersonation and defrauding by false pretense. The police suspect that a number of people have been duped by Bonnie and, therefore, called on any person who have fallen victim to report to the division.  By Anita Nyarko   

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