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National Security Officer arrested for cheating VRA staff

A National Security Operative who allegedly collected GH 60,000 cedis under the pretext of providing plots of land at Kitase to four Volta River Authority (VRA) Staff but failed has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

Isaac Mireku charged with four counts fraudulent transaction in land pleaded not guilty and refunded GH 12,000 cedis during Police investigations.

The court presided over by Mrs. Jane Harriet Quaye admitted Mireku to bail in the sum of GH 70,000 cedis with two sureties who are gainfully employed.

The court further ordered Mireku to report to the Police every two weeks.

The matter has been adjourned to March 8.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Emmanuel Haligah told the court that the complainants are Benedicta Gyasi- Hayford, Issac Ewuah, Brenda Afua Konadu Mill-Pappoe and Isaac Agyiri Danso all staff of VRA.

Chief Inspector Haligah said during the year 2014, Ewuah was approached by Mireku who claimed he has parcels of land for sale at Kitase, near Ayi-Mensah.

Prosecution said Awuah communicated the message about the sale of the plots to the three other complainants.

He said the complainants became interested and accompanied Mireku to inspect the land after which they agreed on a purchase price of GH 7,000 cedis per plot.

Prosecution said Benedicta requested for four and half plots and made part payment of GH 21,000 cedis whiles Ewuah also requested for four plots and made part payment of GH 18,000 cedis.
Brenda and Danso also paid GH 11,000 and GH10,000 cedis respectively each to the accused person for two plots each.

Prosecution said Mireku since he had no documentation as to land title could not deliver the land to the complainants.

He said on October 17, last year, Ewuah made a report to the Police and Mireku was arrested.

In Mireku’s caution statement he admitted the offence and indicated that he jointly spent the monies he collected from the complainants with one Kwame Safo, a Head of family and Kofi Sakyi an opinion leader both deceased from Kitase.

The Prosecution said during investigations, Mireku refunded GH 12,000 cedis out of the amount he collected from the complainants.

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