The Central Command Headquarters of the Ghana Army has arrested a 38-year-old man for posing as a military commander and allegedly extorting monies from illegal miners at Amansie West District.
The suspect, identified as Jonas Afriyie Poku is “a physically challenged lotto agent from Pokukrom” in the Ashanto region.
The military in their press statement on Sunday February 6 said the suspect was arrested upon a tip-off “upon interrogation, it came to light that the suspect for some time now has been calling illegal miners and introducing himself as the Military commander who carried out the just-ended OPERATION HALT in the Amansie Central and its environs.”
The suspect has been handed over to the police.
Below if the full statement…
For some sometime now, Central Command Headquarters of the Ghana Army has been receiving information about some persons parading as Military Officers and extorting monies from illegal miners in the Command Area of Responsibility. Against this backdrop, the Command instituted some measures to fish out these unscrupulous individuals whose activities are denting the prestigious reputation of the Command and the Ghana Armed Forces as a whole.
Acting on a tip-off, personnel of the Command arrested a 38-year old man for posing as a Military Commander and extorting monies from illegal miners at Amansie West District.