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19.11.2008 Crime & Punishment

Nigerian Poses As Late Eyadema's Wife

> Nigerian Poses As Late Eyadema's Wife

A 55-year-old Nigerian woman, Hajia Zenabu Addo, who posed as the wife of the late Togolese President, Gnassingbe Eyadema, has been arrested for attempting to defraud a Ghanaian businessman

A 55-YEAR-OLD Nigerian woman, Hajia Zenabu Addo, who posed as the wife of the late Togolese President, Gnassingbe Eyadema, has been arrested for attempting to defraud a Ghanaian businessman.

Her two accomplices, Sandra Ogaga, 27, and Justice Nana Antwi, 24, are also in custody pending further investigations.

A source close to the security agencies told the Daily Graphic yesterday that Antwi, who was a porter at Aflao, allegedly called the businessman, Mr Amadu Iddrisu, on September 25,2007 to inform him that he (Antwi) was an employee of the wife of the late Togolese President.

According to the source, Antwi alleged that Hajia wanted to invest $5.5 million in school and hotel projects in Ghana but needed a Ghanaian to front for her.

It said on September 26,2007, Hajia and Sandra, who were both based in Lome, Togo, came to Accra with Antwi to meet Mr Iddrisu to discuss the deal.

It said after the discussions, Hajia informed Mr Iddrisu that because of the security situation in Lome, she would put the money in a box and send it through a driver.

The source said Hajia then called Mr Iddrisu the following day to inform him that the driver would bring the money on September 28, 2007.

It said Mr Iddrisu received a call on September 28, 2007 purporting to be from a driver sent by Hajia to bring a box to him and indicated that he had just left Aflao on his way to Accra.

It said the purported driver called again to inform Mr Iddrisu that he had been arrested by security agents at Sogakope and demanded some money to enable him to continue the trip to Accra.

The source said the driver, however, assured Mr Iddrisu that he (the driver) had enough money to “settle” the security men but requested Mr Iddrisu to get some money ready to refund it.

According to the source, the driver again called Mr Iddrisu to inform him that he had been arrested at the Kpone Barrier and that he had spent ¢29 million “settling” security men at the barriers.

It said not quite long after the call, Hajia also called Mr Iddrisu to meet her at a restaurant in Accra for final discussions on the projects.

The source said while Hajia and her accomplices were meeting Mr Iddrisu, the purported driver called several times to enquire if Mr Iddrisu had the ¢29 million as a refund.

It said security men then moved in to arrest the suspects and charged them for attempted fraud.

Story: Albert K. Salia

   

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