The Ghana Army’s Central Command Headquarters has detained a 38-year-old man for allegedly impersonating a military officer and extorting money from unlicensed miners in the Amansie West District.
Jonas Afriyie Poku, a “physically challenged lottery agent from Pokukrom” in the Ashanto area, is the suspect.
“Upon interrogation, it came to light that the suspect for some time now has been calling illegal miners and introducing himself as the Military commander who carried out the just-ended OPERATION HALT in the Amansie Central and its environs,” the military said in a press statement on Sunday, February 6.
Below is the full statement…
The Ghana Army’s Central Command Headquarters has been getting information for some time regarding people impersonating military officers and extorting money from illegal miners in the Command Area of Responsibility. In light of this, the Command has taken steps to root out these dishonest people whose actions are tarnishing the Command’s and the Ghana Armed Forces’ respective reputations.
The Command detained a 38-year-old man for impersonating a Military Commander and extorting money from unlicensed miners in the Amansie West District after receiving a tip.
On Friday, February 4, 2022, the suspect, Mr Jonas Afriyie Poku, a physically challenged lottery agent from Pokukrom, a neighborhood of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, was captured.
During interrogation, it was discovered that the suspect has been phoning illegal miners for some time and identifying himself as the military commander who oversaw the just concluded OPERATION HALT in Amansie Central and its surroundings. He’ll then threaten the illegal miners, threatening to destroy their equipment if they don’t pay up.
Mr. Appiah Andrews of Essuowin in the Amansie West District, one of the victims, stated that the suspect threatened to destroy his site and machinery if he did not comply with his requirements. Out of panic, the victim approached another illegal miner, Mr. Eric Frimpong, who corroborated that he had received similar threats from the same person and, as a consequence, paid him $5,000 Ghana Cedis (GHC5000.00).
The suspect was initially turned over to the Military Police for questioning before being transferred to the Civil Police at the Regional Police Headquarters for further investigation.
The Command desires to tell the general public that the Ghana Armed Forces are working hard to maintain their hard-won reputation. As a result, measures have been put in place to closely monitor Central Command’s Area of Responsibility, which includes the Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Regions, in order to catch such unscrupulous individuals whose actions are tarnishing the Ghana Armed Forces’ name.
The general populace is urged to report any such individuals found inside the aforementioned Regions to the nearest military post or civil police.
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