Man grabbed for impersonating police boss

•   Michael Asare — The suspect

• Michael Asare — The suspect

A 19-year-old man, who impersonated the Director-General of Police Operations has been arrested.

He was said to have solicited money from people through facebook to enlist them into the Police Service.

Michael Asare, a school ‘drop-out,’ was arrested last Friday at Agbozome in the Ketu South District of the Volta Region by personnel of the Cyber Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters, Accra.

Briefing The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, the Head of the Unit, Chief Superintendent (Dr.) Herbert Gustav Yankson, said following reports that somebody had created facebook account, using two pictures of Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno, Director-General, Police Operations and soliciting money ostensibly to enlist prospective persons into the service, his outfit intensified search and arrested the suspect.

He said a team of investigators from the CID headquarters arrested him at an internet café at Agbozome.

Supt. (Dr.) Yankson said besides duping interested persons, Asare also solicited money from the public that COP Yohuno needed financial support from friends.

He said the suspect admitted the offence when interrogated, claiming he managed to dupe four people of GH¢1,050 a few days after posting the request on the internet.

Supt. Dr. Yankson said, his outfit got in touch with three of the four victims, who admitted paying various sums of money to Asare to be recruited.

Supt. Dr. Yankson said the victims claimed anytime they called the fake Commissioner on phone, he gave them excuse that he was either in a meeting or, adding that he Supt. Dr. Yankson did not have a facebook preparing for the independence day event; among others and commended the Police for his arrest.

Sup Yankson said the suspect was currently in Police custody assisting in investigation.

He said two men, Christian Obeng, alias Burga, and Latif Apulala, alias Dvido, were also arrested and remanded into Police custody by an Accra Circuit Court with one posing as Dr. Stephen Opuni, Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD soliciting money from people to be enlisted into the COCOBOD.

He asked the public to be wary of scammers, who were using undue advantage to dupe innocent people by ensuring that they verify from the appropriate offices where the said adverts were coming from and consequently report to the police where they were in doubt in doubt.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour     

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