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Fake currency gang busted by National Security

The National Security has busted a-13-member gang involved in the printing and distribution of fake currency notes to unsuspecting victims, mostly foreign nationals.

A statement issued by the National Security Secretariat, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the gang, led by one Yassei Alia, a 45-year-old Syrian resident in East Legon, and owner of Hardford Auto Service in Accra, together with Danjuma Zakaria, alias Alhaji Mohammed, 49 and resident of Tema West, were rounded up in a warehouse within the premises of NacCharter Cargo and Freight Company, near KLM offices within the Kotoka International Airport, on Monday, April, 27 at around 1730 hours,.

Freshly printed $10,000 bundles of fake $100 notes concealed in two large metal trunks and a suitcase were retrieved from the warehouse.

The statement said the amount was estimated to be over five million United States Dollars (USD).

Other suspected accomplices arrested during the operation include Esther Omozeea, Emad Aldalhi, Kamal Mohammed, Abdulai Yakubu Osman and Samuel Ababio.

The remaining are John Denyo, Desmond Delali Dumenu, Alike Happiness, Prosper Chukwu, Victor Israel, Padi Christian Holdbrook.

It said in their caution statements, Yassei and Mohammed, who drove to the warehouse in the former’s car, denied knowledge of the deal.

It noted that however, when questioned separately, Yassei, who held a Syrian passport, a Republic of Guinea-Bissau diplomatic passport, and a Nigerian national driver’s licence issued in Ogun State, indicated that he had gone to the warehouse to have a discussion with one Kojo, an alleged cargo dealer and operator of the premises, regarding a V8 engine the latter was to import on his behalf, while Alhaji Mohammed stated that he had gone to solicit for financial help from Kojo to enable him procure a vehicle from Holland.

The statement said further, while Yassei claimed Kojo sat in a meeting with them on the said day, Alhaji Mohammed indicated that Kojo was not at the premises at the time of their visit and that while waiting for him, they were arrested.

It said incidentally, two of the suspects interrogated separately corroborated Mohammed’s claim that Kojo was not seen at the premises on the said day.

“The group’s modus operandi, according to intelligence, suggest that they lure unsuspecting victims with claims that they have access to millions of US dollars in Libya,” the statement said.

“Victims are given genuine sums of US dollars to spend for free, as a proof of the genuineness of the deal.”

It noted that once convinced, victims were requested to deposit huge sums of USD dollars as freight charges to aid the shipment of the said dollars to the victims.

It said upon receipt of amount, the suspects package fake dollars stashed in between a few hundreds of genuine notes, for onward delivery to their victims.

It said shortly after the arrest, one Bandoh, Alhaji-Ahmed, alias Alhaji Bamed, owner of Bamed Travel and Tours, who claims to be a Presidential Staffer at the Castle, and a client of Yassie, drove to the National Security headquarters, verbally assaulted the leader of the operation, and vowed to free the suspects.

It said the aggressive conduct of Alhaji Bamed, suggested that he might be involved in the deal, particularly when investigations are ongoing.

It said officials of National Security had assured Ghanaians that the Government was determined to rid the country of fake currency syndicates and warned that persons involved in the illegality would be arrested and dealt with accordingly.

The National Security has therefore urged the public to report suspicious activities of persons to security agencies to aid their arrest and prosecution.

Meanwhile, investigations continue.

Below are some of the currencies impounded by the National Security Operatives


Source:GNA

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Police officer guarding bullion van killed by suspected robbers at Korle Bu

Police officer guarding bullion van killed by suspected robbers at Korle Bu

A Police officer who was guarding a bullion van has been killed by suspected armed robbers at Korle Bu in Accra.

This happened on Monday June 14.

An eye witness was also killed by a stray bullet in the process.

Reports indicated that the driver of the bullion van also sustained injuries and had been rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

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BoG declines invitation to help Parliamentary investigation into revocation of banking licences

Dr Kwabena Duffour (L) and Prince Kofi Amoabeng (R)

The Bank of Ghana has declined an invitation to appear before Parliament to assist with investigations into the revocation of the banking licences of Unibank and UT Bank.

Writing through its lawyers, Bentsi-Enchill Letsa and Ankomah, the central bank explained that the petitioners, Prince Kofi Amoabeng and Dr Kwabena Duffour, owners of the two banks, seek to procure Parliament to review decisions that it has taken.

The BoG further explained that this decision was taken according to its statutory powers under the Banks and Specialised Deposit Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930).

“The BSDTI Act provides how persons who are aggrieved with such decisions may seek redress for their grievances, and the prescribed resolution mechanisms do not include recourse to Parliament.”

The central bank indicated that the two bank owners, by petitioning Speaker Alban Bagbin, have invited the legislature to issue instructions to it in the performance of its constitutionally mandated duty of promoting economic development and the efficient operation of a banking and credit system in the country.

This, BoG argues, is contrary to section 3 (2) and section 4 (1A) of the Bank of Ghana Act , 2002 (Act 613).

The central bank’s response comes after Mr Kofi Amoabeng and Dr Kwabena Duffour petitioned Parliament to probe BoG’s conduct and the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) over the withdrawal of their banking licences.

The petitioners amongst others, asked Parliament to order BoG to restore their licence.

Parliament, after setting up a seven-member committee to probe the issues, asked the central bank to file a response to the petition.

But in a detailed response through its lawyers, the bank observed that “It will not participate in the investigation being conducted by Parliament, arguing the probe flies in the face of the Constitution.”

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Opportunities abound despite challenging economic situation – Ofori Atta

Ken Ofori-Atta completes tenure as Chair of World Bank's Development  Committee - GGEA

The Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta has called on the youth who are the ‘country’s resource envelope’ to take advantage of government initiatives and programmes such as the Ghana CARES Obaatanpa programme and initiatives by the NBSSI and the NIEP.

These initiatives are designed to provide the youth with access to finance and skills in entrepreneurship, agriculture, small scale industries, tourism, trade, etc. In addition, Government is also establishing the Development Bank to provide funds for industries and manufacturing sectors. 

Ken Ofori-Atta explained that these initiatives, together with the technological advancement available, provide the youth with abundant opportunities to nurture and grow their businesses, adding that, “The robust implementation of the aforementioned interventions, particularly the Ghana CARES programme will allow us to create a conducive, compelling and ultimately resilient economic environment fit for business, enterprise and innovation”. 

These initiatives are designed to provide the youth with access to finance and skills in entrepreneurship, agriculture, small scale industries, tourism, trade, etc. In addition, Government is also establishing the Development Bank to provide funds for industries and manufacturing sectors. 

Ken Ofori-Atta explained that these initiatives, together with the technological advancement available, provide the youth with abundant opportunities to nurture and grow their businesses, adding that, “The robust implementation of the aforementioned interventions, particularly the Ghana CARES programme will allow us to create a conducive, compelling and ultimately resilient economic environment fit for business, enterprise and innovation”. 

Ken Ofori-Atta was speaking as the Special Guest at the Springboard Youth Dialogues, an initiative of the Springboard Road Show Foundation, a youth mentoring platform focused on entrepreneurship, investment, career and talent development for the young people across Ghana since 2007.

Participants at the event were drawn from tertiary institutions, young entrepreneurs, start-up business owners and prominent youth in the Bono Region. The programme was simultaneously broadcast across radio stations in the middle belt with the Minister and resource persons responding to questions sent digitally from all these locations.

On Ghana CARES, the Minister said the programme has been designed to stimulate economic growth through increased investment in selected sectors including Agriculture, Trade and Industry, Tourism, Housing, Science and Technology and the Financial Sector. Specific efforts will be made towards providing the youth with access to finance and skills in these areas to expand the production and capacity in the selected areas.

Ken Ofori-Atta also underscored the need for the youth to grab the opportunities in technology as the world has now become more advanced technologically. 

He noted that the rise of mobile money and efficient payment systems meant that anyone can get paid in real time right where they are for any job done.

“And to crown it all, with digital address systems and the multiplicity of delivery services, the product can be delivered to a client you may never meet in your entire life”. 

Resource persons for the various sessions included officials from the Ministry of Finance, Ghana Enterprises Agencies, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) and the Springboard Road Show Foundation.

Telling them about how he started his career as an entrepreneur, he asked them not to despise small beginnings but to be persistent and have faith and confidence in themselves to do what they have to do.

“Again, if you’ve failed in an exam or business venture, you’re not alone. I know how it feels. The lesson here is clearly to have a deep belief in oneself that it is possible. You just have to have faith in yourself and the confidence to do what you want to do” he concluded. 

The Minister implored the youth to reflect on the dialogue which he believes should lead to positive disruption and inspiration to reposition them for the future. He challenged them to reposition themselves for available opportunities in the coming decades as the future belong to them.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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