Fraud victims threaten mayhem

Mohammed Alhassan IGP (11)victims of the GH¢800,000 fraud case have threatened mayhem, if Hajia Ayeshetu Adamu, 48, the woman at the centre of the scam, is not arraigned before court today.

Hajia is yet to be brought before court, a week since her arrest by the Amasaman police, for allegedly defrauding about 7,000 people of the said amount

The victims are accusing the police of “complicity and pampering” her.

They allege Hajia Adamu was allowed to spend the night with her family at Alajo, and reported to the police the next day.

Hajia Adamu, who is the manager of the Gye Nyame Fun Club, a financial co-operative society, is said to have duped her victims under the pretext 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.

Those who expressed interest in the cash made weekly contributions of GH¢6 for six months, while those who wanted saloon cars and electrical appliances, contributed GH¢12 weekly for the same period.

The victims alleged that they spotted the suspect in the company of two policemen within the premises of the Cocoa Affairs Court on Monday, but was not taken into the court room.

She sat in the police vehicle for some time, and was later taken away.

Some hours later, the police drove back to the court but the proceedings were over.

Yesterday, when she was again taken to court, Hajia Adamu spent about six minutes in Circuit Court Three, where the case was to be heard and was subsequently invited into a room, pending the hearing.

The victims waited in court for some hours, only to be told by her lawyer, Mr. Seidu Nasigri, that the case would be heard today.

Angered by the information, the victims, vowed to cause trouble, if the police fail to arraign the suspect in court today.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nasigri has raised questions of abuse of his client’s human rights, saying it was unconstitutional for the police to keep her in custody for more than 48 hours.

“The prosecution is not prepared to try the case; she was arrested last week Thursday. Our position is that the human rights of the suspect are at stake,” he said, adding, “What they are doing is outside the law. They can only keep her in custody by applying for a court order to do so within 48 hours”.

The Ghanaian Times gathered from a credible police source that the investigators were ready with the docket but the prosecutor, Assistant Commissioner of Police Moses Atibillah, said he would need time to study it.

Among the victims are military, police and fire service officers and their wives.

The facts of the case, according to the prosecution, are that the complainants reside in the Greater Accra, Eastern, Ashanti and Volta regions, while Hajia Adamu resides at Aboabo No.1, in Kumasi.

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

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

The prosecution said Hajia Adamu, after collecting the monies from interested people, went into hiding and all efforts to trace her proved futile. However, the police, acting upon a tip-off, arrested her at her hideout in Kumasi.

Further investigations revealed that she had been involved in similar fraudulent practices, some time past.

By Malik Sullemana    

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