December 23, 2022

Police Warn Against Charlatanic Advertisement

The Ghana Police Service has warned the public against Charlatanic advertisements.


This comes as the country sees an increase in trend in such advertisements- which promises riches overnight- and are linked to numerous crimes in the country. 


“The Police Service has recorded a worryingly increasing number of advertisements aimed at luring people into dubious activities that are claimed to generate riches overnight”.


According to the police, such advertisements are assuming serious security implications for the country.


“The activities which often begin with misleading advertisements on mainstream and social media platforms lure unsuspecting members of the public including children, and deceive them into engaging in dubious acts”. 


Per a statement from the police, these trends have caused an upsurge in crimes like defrauding by false pretence, kidnapping and murder.


“Some recent notorious cases attributable to the phenomenon include the Mankessim murder case where the suspects under the pretext of sending their victims abroad murdered them for ritual money and the Kasoa case where two teenage boys murdered their colleague also for ritual money”, it recalled.


The service said it was undertaking education across the country as well as intensifying its enforcement tools to tackle the menace.


It also urged operators of electronic communication networks, and providers of electronic communication and broadcasting services to be responsible.


Mankessim Case

Police investigations into the secret murder and burial of Georgina Asor-Botchwey-a prospective nursing trainee in Mankessim by Tufohen of Ekumfi Akwakrom, Nana Oye and self-acclaimed pastor, Christopher Ekow Clarke- led to the discovery of one more body in October.


The discovered body belonged to a petty trader from Obokrom in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region identified as Gloria Yeboah.


A police report said that the victim was lured to Accra on June 17, 2022, by the accused persons and later sent to Mankessim under the pretext of preparing her to travel to Holland but got “killed”.


She was reported missing in June by her family, the police said.


Police investigations linked her death to ritual killing.


Kasoa Murder

On April 3, 2021, accused persons Felix Nyarko, 16, and  Nicholas Kini Kwame, 18, allegedly murdered Ishmael, 10,  and hid him in a shallow grave in an uncompleted building.


According to the facts sheet of the prosecutor, Felix was influenced by mallams and other spiritualists who promoted their prowess in making people instant millionaires on TV.


Source: Fuseini


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