Fake soldier grabbed by police

Suspect Lawrence Nana Bentil

Suspect Lawrence Nana Bentil

A self-styled military Officer who has been operating for the past nine years  has been arrested by the police at Weija in Accra.

 

He allegedly swindled 14 people of a total of GH¢ 71,500 under the pretext of recruiting them into the Ghana Armed Forces.

Lawrence Nana Bentil, 35, an IT technician who claimed to be an officer at the Recruitment Unit of the Military Command was said to have taken the money from his victims for enlistment into the military.

He was reported to have taken between GH¢4,000 and GH¢10,000 from his victims who are mostly private security personnel and traders.

Bentil is to have visited the Weija District Police Command on several occasions in military uniform with badges of Corporal, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant at the blind side of the officers.

The Weija District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Stephen Billy Addom told the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday stating that the suspect is in the custody of the police assisting in investigations.

He said in August last year the complainant in the case who is a police woman (name withheld) was introduced to her as a soldier by an ex warrant officer (name withheld).

 

She was told that the suspect was a military officer who usually helps in enlistment.

The commander said the complainant mobilised the 14 people who paid a total sum of GH¢71,500 which was given to the suspect to facilitate their enlistment.

DSP Addom said after taking the money from the complainant he disappeared until last Friday August 25, at Weija.

 

“He  was lured to the police station and arrested in military uniform with a badge of a staff sergeant,” he said.

The commander said when the military command was contacted they denied knowlege of him as a personnel of any unit.

He said in his caution statement, he denied that he was a military Officer and that he got the uniform accoutrement  from a shop at the cost of GH¢150.

DSP Addom said Bentil would be charged for impersonating, defrauding by false pretense and unlawful possession of  military uniform.

He called on the public who have fallen victim to the activities of the suspect to report to the command for necessary action.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

 

 

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