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15.10.2008 General News

Police declare war on fake curency dealers

By Edmond Gyebi, Tamale - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Northern Regional Police Command has declared war on unpatriotic citizens, who are printing and trading in fake Ghanaian currencies within the region, especially its capital, Tamale.

The police have therefore joined forces with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), to quickly identify the producing centre(s), and arrest those behind the nefarious activity.

It would be recalled that a 40 year old resident of Tamale, Sulemana Alhassan, was arrested and put in police custody for trading in fake Ghanaian currency.

He was arrested by the Gambaga District Police Patrol Team, at the Gbintiri market in Gambaga, bargaining for two cows and four goats with fake 20 Ghana cedi notes, bearing same serial numbers and same dates, VA9751059 and 1st July 2007.

The Northern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ofosu Mensah-Gyeabour, told The Chronicle that stringent measures were being put in place to get to the bottom of the matter, after the suspect Sulemana Alhassan was handed over to the Regional Police Command in Tamale last week.

The Police Commander said, during interrogation, Sulemana stated that the currency notes were given to him by a herbalist in Tamale, whom he could not trace, but could identify when seen.

DCOP Mensah-Gyeabour disclosed plans to round up all suspects involved in the case for thorough investigation, to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to justify their committal for trial by the court.

He urged the general public to be cautious of the circulation of fake currency notes within the region, and also encouraged them to monitor the movements of persons with suspicious behaviour, and inform the police for prompt action, as required by the law.