The man, who used the name, Nana Kojo Amoah Ampem Okogyeabur, also claimed to be the director of a company belonging to Otumfuo, dubbed ‘Fighting Against Corruption for Ashanti Chiefs” which he has embossed on complimentary cards he issued to his victims.
It is believed he has duped many people of various sums of money under the pretext of collecting them on behalf of the Asantehene, as he went round parading as a chief and a brother of the King.
But, according to the police, one person, Ishmael Seidu had come forward following the suspect’s arrest on Wednesday at the Manhyia Palace, to allege that he had collected 4,450 US dollars from him for the Asantehene.
Superintendent of Police, Samuel Nyamekye Adane-Ameyaw, Zongo District Police Commander, told The Ghanaian Times here yesterday of how the suspect was arrested.
He said three people, Mohammed Akaanya, Bawa Ahmenla and Seidu Shaibu, who sell sheep and goats at the Abinkyi market, went to the Manhyia Palace on Wednesday with a big sheep to give to the Asantehene in view of a discussion they had with the suspect.
According to Supt. Adane-Ameyaw the suspect had gone to tell them he was the caretaker chief of the lands there, and that Otumfuo was going to move them from the place so they should find some money for him to give to the King.
In a bid to appease the Asantehene, the traders decided to see him with the sheep before they pool some resources for him through the suspect.
But unknown to the suspect, the traders went to the Manhyia Palace and attempted to force their way to see the King, but they were restrained by the guards only for them to say that they were there on the orders of the suspect whose complimentary card was shown to buttress their point .
The traders at this juncture, called the suspect on his mobile telephone, and he came around but luck eluded him as the Manhyia police quickly rounded him up after realizing he was fake.
Another woman, Felicia Bako, the police said, had also come out to complain against the suspect that he had promised to allocate to her some parcel of land at the Abinkyi market because the suspect had once intervened in her land issue.
Supt. Adane-Ameyaw said the suspect denied he was a chief but a royal, a cousin to the Asantehene and a mason residing at Ahenema Kokoben.
Investigation, the police said, was still ongoing.