Pastor in court for police enlistment scam

A 41-year-old pastor, who posed as a policeman, and collected GH¢3,000.00 from three persons under the pretext of enlisting them into the Ghana Police Service, has appeared before the Enchi District Magistrate Court.

The accused, Gideon Nkrumah, who claims to be the founder of Messiah Power Ministry Church, with branches in Accra, Amasaman, Elubo and Asemkrom, was charged with impersonation and defrauding by false pretenses.

He pleaded guilty to both counts, and the court presided by Mr Eric Baah Boateng remanded him into police custody, to reappear on Tuesday December 3, 2019.

Prosecuting, Detective Sergeant Richard Hackman Addae, told the court that, the complainants; Ruben Tetteh, Augustine Andoh Amoah and Mary Animah are teachers at Boinso in the Aowin Municipality, while the accused resides at Elubo in the Jomoro District.

The court heard that at about 4pm, on November 19, this year, the Boinso Police had a tip off that accused had arrived in the Boinso community and was claiming to some residents  that he was a policeman stationed at Elubo, and that he was on special undercover investigation in the town.

Sgt Addae said on that same day at about 5pm, Nkrumah proceeded to the Boinso police station and introduced himself as a policeman with service number 43 D/Sgt from Elubo.

Prosecution said after the introduction, accused left the police station, but the officers on duty secretly followed him and nabbed him at his hideout.

Sgt Addae said while the officers were interrogating the accused at the police station; Tetteh, Amoah and Animah arrived to lodge a complaint that accused had collected GH¢3,000.00 from them with the assurance of assisting them to be enlisted into the Ghana Police Service. – GNA

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