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Police officers pay monies to fake 'IGP' for UN, AU Missions

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
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Some police officers who wanted to serve under the United Nations and African Union Missions have been duped by fraudsters who tricked them into believing that they were dealing the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor.

The fraudsters, Timothy Egwu, 23-year-old private security;  Matthew Ushie aka Lampard, 24, actor; Samuel Iwochukwu aka Kaselas, 23, footballer and Haruna Danladi, 23, the Ghanaian, working with a security company at East Legon in Accra, are reported to have opened a Facebook account using the name of the IGP and contacted their victims asking them to pay monies into a bank account for them to be posted to missions abroad.

Reports suggest that two police officers had fallen for their trick and paid GH¢300.00 into the said account.

According to Chief Superintendent Dr.Herbert Gustav Yankson, Director in-charge of the Cyber Crime Unit, on July 14, they came across a Facebook account created in the name of the Inspector General of Police  John Kudalor with which the account holder was asking police officers to pay various sums of money into a bank account number 0241623119341 so he would get them appointments to the United Nations and African Union Missions.

The unit upon a tip-off was able arrest Haruna Danlad on July, 15 and he led the them to arrest Timothy Egwu, Matthew Ushie and Samuel Iwochukwu as his accomplices at their various hideouts.

The said Facebook account which had 497 friends, mostly police officers, Chief Supt. Dr Yankson revealed, was created by Samuel Iwochukwu and Mathew Ushie  who used the IGP’s picture in uniform as the profile picture after which they contacted Timothy Egwu and Haruna Danlad to provide the bank account number for monies to be paid into it.

The four suspects are currently in custody and assisting the police with investigation, he added and advised the public to be cautious when dealing with such persons since UN peace keeping appointments were not done on social media.