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27.07.2004 Crime & Punishment

Four Nigerians and a Ghanaian in court for impersonation

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Sekondi, July 27, GNA - Four Nigerians and a Ghanaian, have appeared before the Sekondi District Magistrate Court, for impersonation and defrauding by false pretences.

They are: Francis Uyanwwune, 44, Evergeline Olisa, 24, student, Innocent Uzoigwe, 29, Monday Olisa, 30, trader and a 31-year-old Ghanaian accountant, Slyvester Nyanyo.

Their pleas were not taken and they were each granted 100 million cedis bail with one surety to be justified.

The accused persons were unable to get justification for the bail so the Court remanded them to re-appear on August 2.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Joe Hedidor said Uyanwune arrived in Ghana, from Hong Kong in February this year, and described himself as a Barrister-at-law and a special envoy of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) to Asia and Africa.

The suspect said he was on official duty to Ghana to offer credit facility of 100 million dollars without interest to individuals and organisations.

Inspector Hedidor said Uyanwune who was based in Accra moved to Takoradi with Innocent, Evergeline and Monday.

He said in Takoradi, Uyanwune introduced himself to Francis Sackey Aidoo, Chairman of the United Nations Association of Ghana (UNAG), and asked for his assistance to carry out his programme.

He said Uyanwune acquired an office and an unlicensed Toyota double cabin pick-up and embossed the United Nations logo on it.

Chief Inspector Hedidor said Uyanwune employed Nyanyo as his operational assistant and one Robert Ackwunu as accounts clerk.

Uyanwune collected 161,000,000 cedis from 12 persons under the pretext of using the money to buy them vehicles on hire purchase and 10 per cent as loan advance.

Chief Inspector Hedidor said Uyanwune also gave out loans totalling 65,280,000 cedis to 30 beneficiaries.

Uyanwune wrote letters to the University of Cape Coast, Takoradi Polytechnic and second cycle institutions in the Region that he had 10,000 computers for distribution.

Chief Inspector Hedidor said on July 5, this year, the Regional Police Command had information about the activities of the accused persons and arrested them.

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