A 69-year-old Burkinabe, who claimed to be on revenge operation in Ghana, has been arrested by the Sakumono District police in Accra.
Ibrahim Bache, who lives in La Cote d’Ivoire with his family, was arrested at a hotel at Lashibi, near Ashaiman, after allegedly defrauding some people in the Tema Metropolis.
Sometime last year, the suspect was reported to have been defrauded by some Ghanaian women after he had been drugged by some ladies, making him to sleep in a hotel room for three days, which caused him to lose his job as chief engineer of a vessel. He is therefore said to have come back to Ghana to also defraud people to cater for his family in la Cote d’Ivoire.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Frederick S. Lumor, Crime Officer of the Sakumono District Police Headquarters, told DAILY GUIDE that on September 5, 2014, the suspect met a certain Noah Agudevi, a taxi driver whose service he (Bache) hired from La in Accra to Tema.
On reaching somewhere at Teshie, the suspect entered a drinking spot where he bought a box of cigarettes, food and expensive drinks for himself and some people he met there, amounting to over GH¢500.
The suspect was said to have asked the driver to pay the bill and that he would pay him (driver) back immediately they got to the Tema harbour – where he claimed a vessel he worked with had sailed from Spain to Ghana, loaded with bags of rice, had docked.
According to DSP Frederick Lumor, the Burkinabe scaled over a fence wall at the drinking spot and disappeared without any trace of him, leaving the taxi driver to his fate.
The following day, the suspect, it was disclosed, met a resident of Sakumono who was also swindled by him. The unsuspecting resident was asked by Ibrahim Bache to buy him some clothes, a pair of shoes and a pair of spectacles under the pretext of changing some foreign currencies before paying back the total cost of the items to the resident.
Earlier, the suspect was said to have sent a lady to a hotel in Sakumono and after spending three days with her, went out to purchase some items and did not return to the hotel.
While the case was under investigation by the Sakumono District police, where victims of the suspect lodged complaints, the suspect was arrested in another hotel when he once again attempted running away.
He was brought to the Sakumono District Police Headquarters where he was identified to be the one who had been duping people.
He admitted the offence during police interrogation and stated his reason for embarking on such criminal expeditions as a revenge to some Ghanaian ladies who drugged him and made away with his money and properties.
The Sakumono Crime Officer said that investigations into the matter were ongoing and that the suspect would be arraigned before court when the police were done with their work.
From Vincent Kubi, Tema
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