Two arrested over COCOBOD job scam

TWO men who allegedly impersonated the Chief Executive Officer, of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Dr. Stephen Opuni, to swindle people under the pretext of securing them jobs have been arrested by the police.

Christian Obeng, 29, trader, alias “Borga”, Latif Apolala, known as Davido, allegedly created a facebook account bearing the name and picture of Dr. Opuni.

They solicited for jobs for a fee between GH¢3000 and GH¢4,000 for HND and degree holders respectively on facebook. 

The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor, told journalists at a   press conference in Accra yesterday, that on February 26, the Cyber crime unit of the CID received information about a facebook profile of Dr. Opuni.

COP Agblor said Dr Opuni also confirmed the report, and denied having a facebook account.

COP Agblor said the witness reported to the police that the suspect told him on facebook he could secure him job at a cost of GH¢4000 for degree holders and GH¢3000 for HND holders.

He said Obeng directed the witness to meet his messenger at Achimota Mile 7 to deliver his application and CV and an amount of GH¢3,500 to facilitate the process.

COP Agblor said when Apolala turned up, he was arrested, and subsequently told the police he was sent to collect the money.

COP Agblor said Apolala then led the police to arrest Obeng who admitted the offence and said he created the account to swindle people.

COP Agblor said the suspects were currently in the custody of the police while investigations were ongoing and cautioned the public to be wary of such miscreants in the society.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi & Jessica Emmert  

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