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20.02.2007 Crime & Punishment

Man Arrested For Attempted Extortion

A graduate of the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) has been arrested for an alleged attempt to extort ¢30 million from an Accra businesswoman.

The suspect, Jude Obeng Adjei, 25, was arrested at the Atomic Junction, where he had scheduled to meet the businesswoman for the money.

According to Superintendent Dennis Abade of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters, on January 29, 2007, the complainant received a call from the suspect, who gave his name as Dan.

He said the suspect told the complainant that he had a very valuable information that would save her life and her business and then the line went off.

Supt Abade said the complainant became confused, so she returned the call but she was told that the number was that of a communication centre.

He said the suspect called again on February 1, 2007 and delivered the same message but quickly cut off the call.

He said the suspect used another number to call on February 5, 2007 and this time round he informed the complainant that some people were planning to kill her and destroy her distribution business.

Supt Abade said the suspect then demanded ¢30 million from the complainant before divulging the names of the people who were planning against her.

After that the suspect called and this time he told the complainant that the people would strike very soon and that they would act as police personnel.

At this stage the complainant decided to report to the police and she was advised to strike a deal with the caller and lure him to a spot to enable the police to arrest him.

After much persuasion the suspect agreed to meet the complainant at the Atomic Junction, where he was arrested by the police.

Upon interrogation, he disclosed to the police that he had worked with the woman before and that she was stingy, so he decided to devise a means to extort some money from her.

He said he intended to move from Accra to Sunyani but had no money, so he decided to demand the ¢30 million to enable him to relocate there.

Story by Mary Mensah