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Police recruitment scam report indicts 3 officers, 11 civilians

The Special Investigative Taskforce that probed the police recruitment scam has revealed that 14 people including three police officers and 11 civilians were investigated.

Director of Police Public Affairs Superintendent Cephas Arthur told Starr News that the report has been handed over to the Attorney-General’s department and the Police council for the necessary action.

Supt Arthur, however, failed to mention if COP Patrick Timbillah is one of the three Police officers but Starr FM has gathered the Police Human Resource Head is one of them.

The Police Council set up the investigative taskforce following the interdiction of COP Timbilla over the fraudulent police enlistment.

The Police have re-arrested a mastermind Alifa Adams who jumped bail after placing a Gh¢5,000 bounty on him.

He is currently in the cells at the Police headquarters.

On March 1, 2014 news broke that hundreds of young men and women had turned up at five police training depots for enlistment in the Ghana Police Service but left disappointed after they found out it was a scam.

It was found that their recruitment letters, which had the signature of Mr Timbila, were fake and that the purported enlistment was a fraud.

It took the police a hectic time to drive away the victims, most of them university graduates, who had gone to the Kumasi, Koforidua, Pwalugu, Accra and Ho Police depots with their luggage to begin the training.

The victims were said to have paid money ranging from GH¢2,000 to GH¢3,500 to the fraudsters.

The police have since arrested eight people, including two policemen, as part of investigations to unmask the people behind the latest police recruitment scam.

Two suspects, Aisha Asumda, alias Aisha Boku Masi, a 36-year-old shea butter seller, suspected to have played a key role in the scam, and her accomplice, Alifa Adams, were arrested at Tesano and Adenta, respectively, following a tip off.

The five other suspects include Amos Brown, 40, a radio presenter; General Corporal Gideon Sarpong of the Visibility Unit, Takoradi; Constable Ruth Agyiri, 27, Central Police Station, Koforidua.

The rest are Pastor Paul Danso from Tarkwa and Richard Harrison, 30.

Source: Ghana/

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