First Lady’s ‘Aide’ Grabbed
Dr Patrick Nii Agya Totoh
A 26-year-old unemployed young man, ‘Dr.’ Patrick Nii Agya Totoh, has been arrested for posing as a staff at the Office of the Chief of Staff and also special assistant to the First lady, lordina Mahama.
He has allegedly duped many people in the Atebubu district under the pretext that he is a medical doctor who could help them in many ways.
‘Dr.’ Agya Totoh, who told the police that he was a former agent of the Fidelity Bank, Kumasi Branch, was arrested in Kumasi and taken to Atebubu in the Brong-Ahafo Region to face charges.
According to Superintendent Joseph Atsu Dzinabku of the Atebubu Police Command, his outfit got wind that the said imposter was using the presidency to perpetrate fraud and certain criminal activities and so the police became alert and waited for the right time to strike.
Superintendent Dzinabku told the media that in the course of investigation, the police were approached by an informant who told them that a certain man who said he was a staff at the Chief of Staff’s office was befriending his sister and had told her that his father died overseas and left behind a fortune to the tune of GH¢10,000,000 and that he needed GH¢1,500.00 to effect the transfer of the money from his late father’s insurance company in Kumasi into his (sister’s boyfriend’s) account.
The informant told the police that because his sister doubted what the man told her, she had requested to go to Kumasi with him to pay the said amount to the insurance company.
The imposter then asked the girlfriend to let him go to Kumasi alone to make the necessary arrangements so that she could join him the following day.
Armed with this information, Superintendent Dzinabku disclosed, a plain cloth police officer was assigned to accompany the lady and her brother to Kumasi to meet the said man who had told the lady where she would find him when she reached Kumasi.
It was in the course of paying the GH¢1,500.00 ‘insurance fee’ that Agya Totoh was arrested. He told the police that he was not a staff at the Office of the Chief of Staff, neither was he a medical doctor.
When he was asked whether he had committed the same offence elsewhere, ‘Dr’ Agya Totoh said indeed, he had duped some people at Nkoranza, Techiman and Kintampo – all in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
He was subsequently charged and brought before the Atebubu Magistrate Court, presided over by Mr. Joseph Hamidu Nasigri, on 20 August, 2014.
When all the charges were read to him, he readily pleaded guilty and was slapped with two-and-ahalf years’ jail term in hard labour.
FROM Eric Bawah, Atebubu
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