By Stephen Kwabena Effah
Tuesday, 05 May 2009
A Circuit Court judge, D.E.K. Daketsey, has urged the police administration to widen and step up its campaign against fraud, popularly known as “419” in the wake of its increase in the country.
The judge who made the call yesterday during court proceedings said the rate at which cases of 419 fraud were being recorded everyday, raised concern and needed vigorous campaign by the police.
He said that through technology, fraudsters are able to use computer to make calls with international identities and present themselves as whites to defraud people here through various means.
Mr.Daketsey’s comment followed a fraud case brought before him yesterday in which a 58-year-old man used false pretence to defraud a woman of 430 dollars in a medicinal seed deal.
The Times investigation has revealed that an average of about five cases of defrauding by false pretence is recorded weekly by one court at the 28th February Courts, in
The judge suggested to the police to “fuse its anti-fraud educational campaigns into prime programmes of television and radio stations, such as 7 pm news bulletins, among others, since that is the periods a lot of people would be watching or listening.”
He said it was important the for police to target almost all the various types of media in the country for maximum impact.
Mr Daketsey asked the police to include examples of fraud cases and how they were carried out, among other things.
Further, the judge also blamed the victims, some of who are of high class in society or educated.
He observed that some of the strategies used by the fraudsters were so flimsy that the victims, especially the educated ones, could detect them easily but they eventually fell victim to them.
Meanwhile, two people who robbed a man of his taxi cab at knife point have been remanded to prison custody by an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Mr. Iddrisu Mahamadu.
The two, Mazu Ali and Stephen Nyadzi who are aluminium fabricator and mason respectively, pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to rob and robbery.
They are to appear again on May 18.
The prosecution told the court that on January 18, at Akweteman, a suburb of
The prosecution said that on reaching Kimbu, Ali asked the driver to stop since he wanted to alight, and immediately he stopped, Nyadzi held the driver’s neck and threatened him with a knife.
Ali then striped off the driver’s trousers and made away with driving licence, mobile phone and a cash amount of GH 50 in the taxi cab.
Prosecution said the driver saw Nyadzi later and raised the alarm leading to his arrested.
A search on him revealed the driver’s identity card and amount of money but the car was retrieved without its battery and tape.
Later, Ali was also arrested for mobile phone stealing and was identified by Nyadzi as his accomplice.