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Police arrest 2 for duping victims through social media

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The police in Accra have arrested two suspected internet fraudsters, Hope Ahetoh and Emmanuel Tetteh, for their alleged involvement in separate car theft through social media.

The duo, through social media online sales, reportedly duped unsuspecting victims to the tune of GH¢130,000.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCOP Osabarima Owusu Asare Pinkro, confirmed the arrests to newsmen at the weekend.

He also revealed how the suspects gave conflicting names as Hope Ahetoh and Emmanuel Tetteh in one of their arrest, and told the police that they were known as Yaw Owusu and Isaac Akye in another arrest.

The DCOP said: “On February 29, 2017, a victim saw an advert on ‘Tonaton’ a website advertising the sale of Hyundai Santefe vehicle.

“The victim called the mobile number and one Tetteh, who paraded himself as the owner, said his driver would bring the car to him for inspection and testing.

“On March 1, Ahetoh drove the car to the victim for testing; the victim found the car to be in good condition and wanted to buy it.

“On March 10, the driver and another accomplice drove the car to the victim at Osu, Accra, where they agreed on GH¢85,000 as the price of the vehicle, but the victim deposited GH¢50,000 and said he would pay the remaining GH¢35,000 in installment.

“The victim went to the Osu branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank and paid GH¢50,000 into the accounts of Tetteh and when the complainant went to take the car, he realized that the suspects had bolted away with it.

“The suspects, using different names as Yaw Owusu and Isaac Akye, posted another car for sale on the tonaton website when another victim, Bismark Barima Buabeng called the number and bargained to buy it at GH¢80,000.

“On March 23 at 12pm, the complainant arrived from Koforidua with cash to purchase the bus.

“The victim met Yaw Owusu at a garage in Achimota, Accra, to inspect the bus, after which they left for Cal Bank for payment.

“At the Cal Bank, Buabeng and Owusu met the owner of the bus and they paid the cash to him; the car owner then asked the victim and the suspect to take the bus keys at the Achimota garage.

“On their way to the garage, Owusu attempted to abscond, but was prevented by the complainant, who raised the alarm and he was arrested.

“Another suspect, Isaac Akye, 36, while in altercation with the police, brought the money, in attempt to get his accomplice freed and he was also arrested.

“At the moment, the case is currently under investigation,” DCOP Pinkro added.


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Police arrest 2 MMM operators

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The Ghana Police Service has arrested two persons alleged to be luring Ghanaians to subscribe to the Ponzi scheme, MMM.

The arrests, made by the Tema Community One police over the weekend, was a result of the directive from the Bank of Ghana warning the public against patronizing the scheme that has been discredited in several countries, including Nigeria.

Though the police is yet to give any official update on the arrest, a victim of the scheme, who spoke Citi Business News, said he decided to alert the police largely due to the public information on the illegality of MMM’s operations in Ghana.

“The gentlemen who approached my friend and I were not convincing in their product offering so I became suspicious and asked my friend whom I was with to ignore them. It was also because I had heard of the business in the news cautioning the public to be weary of the scheme,” he explained.


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‘Robber’ policeman jailed for 15-yrs freed

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A policemen who was jailed for 15 years for armed robbery has been discharged and acquitted by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court panel of five justices, led by Justice Jones Dotse, freed the policeman, Tetteh Samadzi.

The apex court however deferred the reason for its ruling.

It would be recalled that Constable Tetteh Samadzi was arrested alongside one Foster on March 6, 2009, for a robbery incident at Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region.

He was was eventually found guilty of the offence by a High court which sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

His lawyers went on appeal but did not succeed, prompting them to approach the Supreme Court.


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Afisa Djaba under fire over rape and dressing comment

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Ghanaians, particularly social media users, have reacted to comments by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, over ‘women and rape.’

This is not the first time the minister has provoked the ire of the public.

In her recent outburst, the Minister, during her opening address as the Co-Chairperson at the 90th anniversary and Speech and prize giving day for Krobo Girls Presbyterian Senior School at the weekend, urged girls not to attract rape by wearing provocative clothing.

Madam Djaba intimated that girls’ wearing short dresses could attract a rapist.

She said, “In conclusion, I want to say to you, be bold, be confident, be respectful. If you wear a short dress, it’s fashionable but, know that it can attract somebody who would want to rape or defile you.

“You must be responsible for the choices you make.”

The Minister also had some words for teachers who sexually assaulted girls.

According to her, “It is an abuse of their rights and you are their role model, you must not be the one to abuse the rights of the young girls.”

But some Ghanaians did not take her correlation between rape and girls’ dressing lightly.

Many of them have taken to social media to express their displeasure, with a number of them questioning her logic and others accusing her of victim blaming and shaming.

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