How 2 persons were arrested over fraudulent fundraising in the name of Akosombo dam spillage victims

Two individuals have been arrested and brought before the High Court in Accra for impersonating the Member of Parliament (MP) North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

The two, Promise Ahorgah and Kwaotse Mawuli, were apprehended for carrying out a campaign to solicit funds for the victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage victims in the North Tongu area.

The accused, Promise, a phone repairer and a building construction labourer Kwaotse, allegedly created fake social media accounts in the name of the North Tongu MP to deceive unsuspecting Ghanaians into contributing funds for supposed affected victims.

They carried out their fraudulent activities until the attention of the MP was drawn to them.

The matter was reported to the Police and they were arrested in December with the help of the Ministry of National Security and the National Signals Bureau.

The duo face six provisional charges, including defrauding by false pretences, charlatanic advertisement, and falsely pretending to be a public officer.

The accused individuals appeared before the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo.

During the court proceedings on Friday, December 15, 2023, Watkins Adama, a State Attorney, requested the court to remand the accused persons into custody pending further investigations.

The Court granted the request, and the case was adjourned to January 9, 2024, for the plea of the accused to be taken.

Justice Osei Marfo directed the accused persons, who expressed their intention to engage the services of lawyers, to ensure their legal representation at the next hearing.



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