The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) yesterday announced that it had arrested a man posing as a senior military officer at Burma Camp in Accra.
The suspect who was dressed in a military camouflage uniform, decorated with fake Lieutenant Colonel ranks, claimed he was stationed at the Northern Command Headquarters and was proceeding to the Air Force Base to book a flight to Tamale.
How he was busted
In a statement, the GAF said the suspect entered the Burma Camp military installation in a commercial vehicle and was closely monitored as he alighted at a bus stop and headed to the Air Force Base.
The guards on duty noted his suspicious behaviour, questioned him and after some incoherent answers, he confessed that he was not a service personnel.
He also disclosed that he posed as a Senior Military Officer to enable him to defraud one Mr Abdallah Abdul Fatahu from whom he had collected an amount of Three Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢3,000.00) under the pretext of recruiting him into the Ghana Armed Forces.
At the time of arrest, the suspect had in his possession fake military identification and business cards and other documents bearing his name.
A follow-up search by the Military Police at his two residences at Ablekuma Fan Milk and Olebu respectively led to the retrieval of documents including several certificates and fake Ghana Armed Forces recruitment application summary reports bearing names of defrauded persons, military uniforms and accoutrements and a toy pistol
The suspect, Rafui Abubakar has since been handed over to the Police CID for further investigation and prosecution.
"However, considering that his two wives living at Ablekuma and Olebu respectively were under the false impression that their husband was a real military officer, it is possible that many other persons may have fallen victim to his impersonations and fraudulent activities," the GAF statement said.
"Such persons are entreated to contact the Police CID to help in investigations and to support GAF and the Security Services in weeding out the miscreants within our communities".
— Ghana Armed Forces (@GhArmedForces) December 7, 2022