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Igp Impersonator On The Run

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Ben Verrio Emmanuel Korang

THE BRONG Ahafo Regional Police Command has launched a manhunt for Sampson Antwi, a man the police suspects had posed as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to extort money from some people with the promise of getting them into the Ghana Police Service.

Antwi, a resident of Kwadaso-Nzemaa, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, is currently at large following the arrest of his accomplice, Ben Verrio Emmanuel Korang.

Ben, who is 27 years of age, unemployed and hails from Jinijini, near Berekum, was arrested by the police on Sunday, January 19, from his hideout in Suame, Kumasi.

Briefing DAILY GUIDE, the Acting Brong Ahafo Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Patrick Adusei Sarpong, said the two, Sampson and Ben, between 2012 and 2013, contracted one Isaac Kyeremeh to recruit persons who were interested in joining the Ghana Police Service for them, where each individual applicant was to pay an amount of GH?2,900.

?They have so far got three persons all ladies from Sampa, Techiman and Nkoranza respectively and made GH?8,400.? ACP Sarpong said.

According to him, after the suspects succeeded in obtaining the amount, they issued fake letters of appointment to the victims requesting them to report at the Kumasi Depot for training.

?One of the victims showed her appointment letter to a police officer, and upon a careful observation the officer indicated to her that the letter was not genuine and could not have emanated from the Ghana Police Service,? he added.

The victim subsequently reported the matter to the Brong Ahafo Regional CID Headquarters in Sunyani and Isaac Kyeremeh was arrested.

During investigations, the police said Isaac mentioned Ben Verrio Korang as the one he gave the money to, and Ben was subsequently picked up. Ben confessed having received the money but added that he had given it to ?IGP? Sampson Antwi in Kumasi who happened to be the chief architect of the plot.

When the police in Kumasi visited Antwi?s residence, the landlord said he had vacated the place and could not tell where he was.

Meanwhile, Isaac Kyeremeh, who was earlier arrested, has been convicted and made to refund GH?2,900 to the Nkoranza victim.

 FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani

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