The police Administration has not relented in its efforts to flush out suspected criminals, including Nigerian fraudsters operating in Ghana.

The persistent efforts of the police have led to the arrest of one Samuel Ebu, 30, for attempting to fleece a 75-year-old Australian national.

Ebu, according to the Acting Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Prosper Kwame Agblor, had contact with the victim, Paul Ballini, on the internet and introduced himself as Robert Kabila, a Congolese refugee currently in Ghana.

A police report suggested that Ebu informed Mr. Ballini on the internet that he had deposited $8 million and 10 kilograms of gold in a security company in the country, and needed his assistance to defray rental and other expenses to enable him collect these valuables.

The suspect said he would share the money and gold with the complainant after he had assisted him recover the treasures.

As smart as he could be, Mr. Ballini did not inform Ebu of his earlier arrival in Ghana, and reported the case to the police.

According to DCOP Agblor, Mr. Ballini was made to go through the arrival formalities as if he had just arrived in Ghana.

Then, suspect Ebu, who is yet to be processed for court, met his prey on arrival, and he (Ebu) was subsequently picked up by some police officers in civvies at the Kotoka International Airport.

In a separate development, three suspects, including a Ghanaian, Paul Duvoh, 22, Lionnel Ndezogoue Yamentou, 25, a Cameroonian, and a 32-year-old Nigerian, Samson Nwagbara Dike, were arrested for allegedly cloning the website of a private security firm, Intercon Security Systems, to swindle unsuspecting people.

DCOP Agblor said on October 20, this year, a representative of the company, reported to the police that he received a phone call from an unknown person in Korea, enquiring about a package, which was in the company’s custody.

He explained that the caller then directed him to a website, www.interconsecuritygh.com, and upon checking it, he realised, their original website had been cloned.

Based on this information, detectives from the Vetting and Crime Analysis Unit of the CID Headquarters extended their investigations to Kokomlemle, a suburb of Accra, where the Cameroonian, Lionnel Yamentou, was apprehended.

He also doubles as the manager of ‘Speedata Web’ technologies, and the host of the cloned website.

Subsequently, Yamentou led the police to Alhaji-Tabora, another suburb in the Accra metropolis, to effect the arrest of the website designer, Paul Duvoh.

Duvoh also mentioned Samson Dike, a resident at Kissieman, as the one who ordered the cloning of the website.

A search conducted in Dike’s room revealed various receipts of money transactions from some banks operating in the country, including the United Bank for Africa, Zenith and the Inter Continental banks.

Three laptops and assorted internet modems were also retrieved.

The police said Duvoh admitted to having been contacted by Samson Dike to make a replica of the Intercon Security website for a fee of GH¢300.

He supposedly confessed to having replicated the website of Prestige Travel and Tours for the same suspect.

Meanwhile, investigations are ongoing to unravel the motives behind their illegal trade, and would face court action as soon as investigations are completed.

Source: Nathaniel Y.Yankson & Dora Akyaa Asare/The Chronicle

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