Businesswoman defrauds 7,000

Hajia Ayishetu Adamu, a 48-year-old self-style businesswoman, is in the grips of the law for allegedly defrauding about 7,000 people of GH¢800,000 by false pretence.

Among her victims are Military, Police and Fire officers and their wives.

The suspect, is the manager of the Gye Nyame Fun Club, a financial co-operative society.

She will be arraigned before the court today, for allegedly duping her victims of the said amount under the pretence of rewarding them with mouth-watering packages of GH¢5,000 cash, saloon cars, building materials, furniture, flat screen television sets and digital video decks, among others.

Hajia Adamu was expected in court yesterday, but the Amasaman Police Station where she was kept in custody for two days. The court had closed for the day at the time she was sent there.

About 300 of her alleged victims with red bands around their wrists and heads, and red scarves, stormed the Cocoa Affairs Circuit Court to catch a glimpse of the suspect who had been on the run for some time now.

They nearly pounced on her when she was driven to the court premises at 11:45am, in a police Nissan Pick-up.

They sang, “Yenie abre koo,” to wit, our eyes are red.

The facts of the case, according to the prosecution, were that, the complainants reside in the Greater Accra, Eastern, Ashanti and Volta Regions, while the suspect resides at Aboabo No.1, Kumasi.

It said some time in June 2013, the suspect moved to Amasaman and established the Gye Nyame Fun Club.

Hajia Adamu invited people to join the club and make monthly contributions for six months, after which they would qualify for special packages.

Those who expressed interest in the cash made weekly contributions of GH¢6, while those who wanted Saloon cars and electrical appliances, contributed GH¢12.

The prosecution said Hajia Adamu, after collecting the monies, went into hiding, but the police, acting upon a tip-off, arrested her at a hideout in Kumasi.

Further investigations conducted on her, revealed that she had been involved in similar fraudulent practices.

By Malik Sullemana       

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