Fake national security operative jailed 16 years

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The Juaso Circuit Court, presided over by Mr. Fredrick Tetteh, has
sentenced a man, who posed as a national security operative and
succeeded in swindling three people of cash totaling GH¢43,900 to 16
years imprisonment.

Yussif Salifu, 44, and unemployed, was charged with six counts of defrauding by false pretences, but he pleaded not guilty.

The convict, in the run up to the 2012 general polls, had gone to the
Asante-Akim South District, where he presented himself as an officer of
the national security assigned to the area to carry out special duties.

Police Detective Inspector Birikorang Peasah said Salifu spent a whole
month working with the constituency executives of the ruling National
Democratic Congress (NDC) and it was during that period that he managed
to convince the victims that he could assist them to buy vehicles on
auction, get them enlisted into the military and secure Canadian visa
for them.

He told the court that Simon Nyarko, one of those who fell for the
bait, paid GH¢27,400 to the convict towards the purchase of three seized
cars and recruitment of three of his siblings into the Ghana Armed

Two other persons, Nana Kwadwo Appiah-Kubi and Alex Ohemeng between
them, let go of GH¢16,500 for a Canadian visa and a Ford Escape vehicle,
which were never delivered.

Salifu after collecting the money went into hiding and a formal report
made to the police tracked him down to Odobeng in the Central Region and
he was arrested.

The prosecution said he confessed to the crime in his caution statement.

Credit: GNA

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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