Fake pastor swindles student

Ebenezer Tetteh — The suspect

Ebenezer Tetteh — The suspect

A self-styled pastor has been nabbed by the Police for allegedly swindling a student of GH¢6,500, at Ollebu a suburb of Accra.

Ebenezer Tetteh, 24, was reported to have taken the money from his victim (name withheld) a 22-year student of a tertiary institution, under the pretense of doubling the money for him, but to no avail.

The Anyah District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Shiabu Osei, who confirmed the story to The Ghanaian Times yesterday, said that the suspect was in the custody of the Police assisting in investigations.

He said Tetteh might have been in the business for some time now, and believed many people have fallen victim to his operation.

Supt. Osei said GH¢4,600 have so far been retrieved from the suspect by the Police.

The District Police Commander said on July 14, some good samaritans and the complainant report the case to police.

Supt. Osei said that the student in his caution statement indicated that he heard an announcement on radio that the suspect could double money.

The District Police Commander said the mother of the student gave him (victim) money to be given to some traders in Tetteh’s residence at Ollebu, instead he gave the money for doubling.

Supt. Osei said at the suspect’s residence, the victim was asked to pay GH¢500 as consultation fee and asked him to leave the room.

He said Tetteh later called the student and showed him a ‘Ghana must go bag’ and directed him to a man at Amasaman in the Ga West Municipal Assembly, to purchase special oil for Gh¢6,000 to be sprinkled on the bag, which the pastor did.

Supt. Osei said when the pastor was sprinkling the oil on the bag, two men appeared and accuse him of defrauding them, adding that they tied the pastor, assaulted him and bolted.

The District Police Commander said after they have left, Tetteh told the student that the two men, who entered the room, had caused the money doubling spirits to vanish.

The fake pastor told the victim he could no longer double the money, and the student raised the alarm, and he was arrested.

Supt. Osei urged the public who might have fallen victim to such scam to report to the police for the necessary action.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi


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