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06.07.2009 Crime & Punishment

Soldier's Wife Held For Fraud

By Daily Graphic
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The wife of a soldier who allegedly impersonated her husband to defraud three men of GH¢7,080 has been arrested in Tamale.

The suspect, 28-year-old Nuhu Halima, was arrested by the military police and later presented to the Northern Regional Police Command, after one of the complainants had lodged a complaint at the military barracks in Tamale.

Narrating the facts of the case, the Northern Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Angwubutoge Awuni, said the suspect had taken a photograph of herself clad in her husband’s military uniform.

He said while on a visit to Kumasi, she met the three complainants, Alhassan Abubakari Abass, Ayawu Braima and Ewura Shaibu, and claimed she was a soldier, and could assist them to purchase a car.

She also told them that she was working in collaboration with the Commanding Officer (CO) of the 6th Infantry Battalion in Tamale, Lt Colonel Joseph Aphour.

Convinced by the woman’s claims, he said, the three complainants gave her GHҐ7,080 to purchase the car for them but they never heard from her again.

He said after several weeks, one of the complainants mustered the courage and travelled to Tamale to the military barracks to enquire about Ms Halima’s whereabouts from the Commanding Officer.

Lt Colonel Aphour, however, denied any knowledge of the suspect and this consequently led to her arrest.

According to ACP Awuni, when the police questioned Ms Halima, she accepted defrauding the three men and claimed she had used the money to build a house in Kpandai in the Northern Region.

“The police are yet to ascertain whether it is true that she built the house she mentioned,” the commander stated.

Meanwhile, the suspect is in police custody, pending investigations.

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