Five Nabbed Over SIM Cards Deal

A joint operation between the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service and the National Communication Authority (NCA) yesterday, led to the arrest of five persons including a Nigerian, whose illegal SIM operation had cost the state GH¢ 40 million.

DEPUTY IGP (2)They are Anthony Ogunsanwo Olawale, the Nigerian, Michael Asamoah, Nasiru Osman, Jibrim Mohammed and Iddrisu Mamoud who are currently in police custody.

Breifing the media in Accra, the Director-General of CID, Commissioner of Police, Prosper Kwame Agblor, said the suspects had been engaged in such fraudulent activities, since January, this year, and made at least GH¢ 80 daily.

He said they used SIM server boxes capable of holding thousands of SIM cards, to tap foreign calls at a reduced rate of three to 10 cents, instead of 19.

The machines were installed in their houses at Asylum Down, Nima and Madina and a shop at Abbosey Okai all suburbs of Accra.
Mr Agblor said following investigations, a team of CID officers and the NCA’s joint Anti-Fraud Taskforce involving Vodafone Ghana, MTN, TiGo, Airtel and Glomobile, embarked on an operation yesterday morning to track the culprits down.

At Asamoah’s residence in Asylum Down, the police retrieved a SIM box server capable of holding 2,000 SIM cards.
The team found out that the server was used to terminate incoming foreign calls with local SIMs belonging to all the seven telecommunication networks in Ghana.

“The operation was therefore, extended to a shop at Abossey Okai, where five SIM box machines, known as GOIP, were mounted. These equipment were seized together with one heavy duty Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), four heavy duty batteries and a number of mini antennas” he said.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the machines belonged to Olawale, who had employed Michael as his subordinate.
“The operation was further extended to Nima and Madina where Nasiru, Mohammed, and Mamoud were also arrested in their homes.- Charles Amankwa 

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