Police arrest Fake Military man
By Dora Akyaa Asare
A 27-year-old unemployed man who claims to be a student of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has been busted by the Teshie District police for allegedly posing as a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the army and seeking financial assistance from the Military High Command due to a mild stroke.
The suspect, Sadat Seidu, alias Lt. Col. Isaac Essel (rtd) a native of Tamale and a resident of Teshie was arrested when he was about to take money from the Military Command for his suppose mild stroke .
Briefing the Chronicle over the weekend, the Teshie District Police Commander, Superintendent Samuel Tibil Punobyin said the suspect claimed to be student of GIMPA and had been a barracks boy when the father was serving in Ghana Army.
According to him, on September 27, 2012, Sadat Seidu wrote a letter to the commanding officer claiming to be a retired Lt. Col. Isaac Essel, who was suffering from stroke, and needed financial assistance from his command.
The military command, which was very confused by the letter, investigated the name from their records, but unfortunately he could not find the said retired Lieutenant Colonel.
He said October 3, 2012, the Military officer, who was suspicious, therefore, called the suspect on phone to come for the money, and he was immediately arrested and handed over to the police.
Upon investigation, it was revealed that the suspect had forged several documents, including fake identity cards, indicating that the suspect had worked with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and National Security Council.
A further search conducted in his room revealed series of certificates from different schools, such as University of Ghana and University of Cape Coast.
In his caution statement, suspect admitted having forged those documents by designing them himself to enable him solicit funds from people. He has been charged on three counts of attempting to commit crime, forgery of documents and forgery of other documents.
The Suspect has since appeared before an Accra Circuit Court and remanded into police custody to re-appear on October 16, 2012.
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