Two persons have been arrested for allegedly presenting themselves as operatives of the National Security Council Secretariat. The two men, Ampembiego Anaba, 29, and Sadat Seidu, 35, are currently on bail.
Briefing the Daily Graphic in Accra, a source at the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) explained that Anaba was arrested in Kumasi for impersonating as a national security operative and promising to secure employment for a number of people at the BNI.
Fake ID card
The source said at the time of Sadat’s arrest, he had in his possession a self-designed National Security identity card and had also collected nearly GH¢10,000 from six individuals through mobile money transfer.
The source added that to make his victims believe that he (Anaba) was engaged in a genuine business, he acknowledged receipt of the money by responding with a text message and signing off as “BNI Headquarters.”
According to the source, Anaba also presented himself to his clients as a lecturer of the School of Architecture of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.
It said Anaba was arrested last year for a similar offence and was released after he was cautioned not to engage in such acts again.
Although Anaba had been granted bail, no member of his family was willing to execute the bail bond.
On the arrest of Sadat, the source said he was picked up on the premises of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in Accra, where he claimed he was seeking employment for someone.
The source said a letter purportedly signed by Major Sadat Salami of the National Security Secretariat requesting the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to release the marked scripts of a candidate, was found at Sadat’s residence at Teshie.
The source advised the public to be cautious of persons they transact business with, especially those purporting to be security operatives.