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General News of Friday, 20 March 2015

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Police recruitment scam: Mastermind rearrested after jumping bail

Alifa Adams, the main suspect behind the police recruitment scam who jumped bail some days ago has been rearrested, StarrFMonline.com can confirm.

Adams, also known as Cassidy or Baaba was earlier arrested with other suspects by the police in connection with his alleged role in the enlistment fraud that hit the country recently.

A bounty of GH¢5,000 was placed on his head.

Public relations officer of the Police service Superintendent Cephas Arthur who confirmed the arrest to Starr News said Adams was interrogated in the presence of another suspect in the case, COP Patrick Timbillah, at the police headquarters Thursday evening.

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.