A Nigerian, accused of defrauding some undergraduate students at the Kumasi Campus of the University College of Education, Winneba (UCEW) under the pretext of securing good grades for them in their examination, has been convicted by the Nkawie Circuit Court.
Donatus Kizito Asaipe confessed to the crime and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.
The convict, a graduate of the Spiritan University College, Ejisu, had a stint at UCEW’s Kumasi Campus on National Service, during which period he managed to get the mobile phone numbers of some of the students.
About three weeks ago these students, awaiting the results of their examination, started receiving calls from Asaige, who claimed he was acting on behalf of one of the lecturers, Mr Franklin Benjamin Appiah, and demanded they each paid GH¢100.00 to receive good grades or risked re-writing their papers.
Police Detective Inspector Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi told the court presided over by Mr William Boampong that one of them confronted the lecturer and he denied any such criminal and unethical conduct.
A formal report was consequently made to the police and through surveillance he was caught in the act of taking GH¢100.00 from one of the victims whose name was given in court only as Benedict.
The prosecution said investigations after his arrest on February 14 uncovered that he was keeping the phone numbers of 20 students.