Two persons implicated in the recent recruitment scandal that hit the Ghana Police Service have been arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court.
They are Alifa Adams aka Abass, 27, unemployed and Joseph Seidu Awuni, a businessman.
Also in the dock are: Ayisha Boku Asumda, businessman; Joshua Palba, unemployed; Ariel Lamptey, driver; Wuni Salinko aka Mohammed Mamudu, businessman and Aniah Razak Issifu, unemployed.
They are facing a three-count charge each of conspiracy, defrauding by false pretences and possessing of forged documents.
The arraignment of the two brings to seven the number of suspects that had been hauled before the court in respect of the scam.
At the court, presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, Adams and Awuni denied the offence and were granted bail in the sum of GH¢500,000 with two sureties one to be a top public servant earning not less than GH¢1,500 a month.
As part of the bail conditions, all the seven suspects, including the five who had earlier been granted bail, are to report to the police every Tuesday and Thursday until otherwise varied by the court.
The prosecutor, DSP Adan Dery, earlier told the court that there had been new developments, including the submission of the report of the investigation team to the Police Board.
He said further investigations into the case had not been completed and pleaded with the court to adjourn the case for the prosecution to complete its investigations.
According to DSP Dery, an adjournment was necessary in view of the submitted report, indicating that it might well be that more suspects could be added or even free some of those in the dock.
Kojogah Adawudu, counsel for Asumda and Lamptey, said he would oblige the prosecution the adjournment and warned that he would have to speak when ‘some senior people peddle falsehood’ in respect of the case.
Divine Asibitse, counsel for Alifa, said his client did not jump bail as being speculated.
He said his client went to seek medical attention as a result of the injuries he sustained from police beatings.
Mr. Asibitse stated that Alifa, upon seeing his picture in the dailies declaring him wanted, reported himself to the person who stood surety for him.
DSP Dery said following numerous reports of enlistment fraud in the Police Service, the police administration put measures in place to arrest the perpetrators.
He said on December 24, 2014, following intelligence, Asumda, Palba and Lamptey were arrested in the process of collecting the balance of money from a witness in the case, after issuing them with a forged enlistment form and an appointment letter.
The prosecutor said a search conducted in Asumda’s house revealed an amount of GH¢58,888 and several forged police enlistment application forms.
He stated that when questioned about the forms, Asumda, who is the architect of the recruitment fraud, claimed they were given to her by Abass, whose whereabouts he could not tell.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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