Six Nigerians have been arrested for allegedly forging letterheads of the Office of the President of Ghana, John Mahama and other state institutions to defraud people.
According to a report on Ghana’s Daily Graphic, the arrested suspects are Paul Kelvin, 20; Wallace Darden Odon, 28; Osamidiamwen Ikecheku Emeka, 24; Prince Ejime, 19; Charles Chinedu, 32, and Adebayoo Alaba Saheed, 21.
It was gathered that all the suspects are unemployed while they live in the west African nation.
Reports stated that all the arrested Nigerians have been charged with forging documents, signatures and posing as state officials.
It was also gathered that the suspects were charged with deceit of public officers because they gave false names to the police during interrogation.
The Ghanaian website, while quoting the Accra Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent of Police Mr Paul Kontomah, reports that the suspects were arrested in a house at Ayensu Estate, near Adenta in Accra, on 9 June, 2014.
Among the letters retrieved from the suspects was one directing a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to take his compulsory leave for Mr Mohammed Alhassan, the current IGP, to take over the position.
There were also certificates signed by the Minister of the Interior, Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, to prove the origins of some American citizens, as well as High Court disclaimer forms.
Mr Kontomah said the police, acting on intelligence that the young men were involved in criminal activities, swooped on them in the early hours of 9 June, “and we found them busy browsing the Internet in their room with laptops.”
He said prior to the arrest of the suspects, residents of the area had filed complaints with the police that a group of young men in the house had been harassing them in the night.
Among items police retrieved from the Nigerians were eight laptops and a search on them led to the retrieval of a number of forged documents from state institutions.
Some of the forged documents are ones from the Office of the President, the High Court, the Ghana Police Service, the Value Added Tax division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, among other institutions.
The police chief said the suspects used the documents to facilitate illegal electronic transaction and lure people to part with money.
In addition to the eight laptops retrieved from the suspects, a quantity of dried substances believed to be Indian hemp was also allegedly found on them.
One of the letters on the letterhead of the Office of the President and purportedly signed by Dr Raymond A. Atuguba, the Executive Secretary to the President, read: “His Excellency the President has given approval for Mr Paul Tawiah Quaye, the Inspector-General of Police, to commence his compulsory 90-day terminal leave from February 5-4 May 2013.