Ex-soldier arrested over police recruitment scam
An ex-soldier, Francis Kunlen, is in the grip of the law for collecting monies from prospective police recruits with the assurance to assist them to be enlisted into the Ghana Police Service.
The 58-year-old was arrested on the eve of Christmas at his hideout at a location near Sowutuom in Greater Accra.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Christopher Tawiah told Graphic Online that Kunlen contacted some people who were interested in being enlisted and asked them to pay Gh¢2000 to enable him assist them to realise their dreams.
He said one of the victims whose money was ready rather contacted the police headquarters in Accra through telephone to ascertain whether the police was enlisting people to join the service.
The police headquarters in turn referred the matter to the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command for further investigations.
The police teamed up with the prospective recruit who called Kunlen to inform him that his money was ready.
When he received the information, Kunlen sent a driver, Alex Ampadu to Sunyani to collect the money on his behalf but he (Ampadu) was arrested when he showed up to collect the money.
Ampadu thereafter led the police to arrest Kunlen who is now in police custody in Sunyani.
ASP Tawiah said pictures of Kunlen would not be made public since a parade would be organised for the public, especially those who have been duped by him to identify him for further investigation.
It would be recalled that a Commissioner of Police (COP), Mr Patrick Timbillah, who was Director General in charge of Police Human Resource Development in March 2015 was indicted by the Police administration over his alleged involvement in a police recruitment scam. He was subsequently interdicted and the matter is still pending.