Fake Dollars Suspects For Court

Mohammed Bassim (left) and Adekunle Morufdeen. INSET: The dollar notes

The two men arrested for allegedly possessing fake dollars are expected to be arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court today.

The suspects, Mohammed Bassim, 35, Tunisian and Adekunle Morufdeen, 52, Nigerian, were arrested at 3:00 pm on Tuesday by the SWAT Unit of the Ghana Police Service at Mile 7, near Achimota in Accra, following an intelligence.

The duo were apprehended with a trunk full of unspecified number of bundles of 100 dollar notes stashed in a Toyota Corolla with registration number GR 5225-13.

Mohammed and Morufdeen have however, denied ownership of the money.

On their arrest, the suspects claimed they were sent by someone whose name they could not tell the police.

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When contacted yesterday, ASP Joseph B. Darkwah said the suspects would be sent to court today to enable the police continue with their investigations into the case.

He said the police were yet to count the impounded money to establish the total amount involved, three clears days after the arrest of the suspects.

He said because of the huge quantity of the fake money, they were yet to finish with the counting.

Earlier, Director-General of Police CID, COP Prosper Kwame Agblor, while confirming the denomination of the dollars, said the suspects were conveying the money when they were arrested by the police SWAT team.

Attempted Bribery
DCOP Agblor indicated that in the course of the arrest, Bassim and Morufdeen attempted to bribe the policemen with an amount of $3,000, adding that ‘they accepted the money and arrested them.’

According to the CID boss, the money would be used as exhibits against them in court.

He commended the officers of the SWAT for the good job done, indicating that at the appropriate time the police officers would be recognised.

DCOP Agblor urged all other policemen and women to emulate the good example of the SWAT team and continue to work hard for the betterment of the country.

He said further investigations would be conducted for the suspects to be prosecuted.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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