A gang of 13 Nigerian currency swindlers has been arrested in Ghana.
The suspects were involved in printing and distributing counterfeit banknotes to unsuspecting victims, mostly foreign nationals.
A statement released by the National Security Secretariat and copied for the Ghana news agency says the gang, led by one Yassei Alia, a 45-year-old Syrian residing in the Eastern Legon and owner of the Hardford Auto Service in Accra, is with Danjuma Zakaria. Alhaji Mohammed, 49, and a Tema West resident were detained at a warehouse inside the NacCharter Cargo and Freight Company premises, near the KLM offices at Kotoka International Airport, approximately Monday 27 April at 5:30 pm.
A bundle of freshly printed counterfeit $ 100 bills, hidden in two large metal chests and a suitcase, were retrieved from the warehouse.
The statement said the amount was estimated at more than $ 5 million.
Other suspected accomplices arrested during the operation included Esther Omozee, Emad Aldali, Kamal Mohammed, Abdoulay Yakubu Osman and Samuel Ababio.
Others – John Denio, Desmond Do Dumenu, Alike Happiness, Prosper Chukwu, Victor Israel, Padi Christian Holdbrook.
In their warning statements, Yasei and Mohammed, who drove to the warehouse in the first car, denied knowing about the agreement.
He noted that under separate interrogation, Yassey, who had a Syrian passport, a diplomatic passport from the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, and a Nigerian national driver’s license issued in Ogun state, indicated that he went to the warehouse to argue with Kojo. , the alleged merchant and operator of the premises, in relation to the V8 engine which the latter imported on his own behalf.
Alhaji Mohammed said he applied for financial help from Kojo so that he could purchase a car in Holland.
The statement said that while Yassei claimed that Kojo sat in a meeting with them that day, Alhaji Mohammed indicated that Kojo was not on the premises during their visit and that while they were waiting for him, they were arrested.
He noted that two of the suspects interrogated separately confirmed Mohammed’s claim that Kojo had not been seen that day.
“According to intelligence, the group’s working methods suggest they are attracting unsuspecting victims, claiming they have access to millions of US dollars in Libya,” the statement said.
“Victims are given a free real amount of US dollars that they can spend as proof of the transaction’s authenticity.”
Convinced of this, the victims were asked to contribute huge amounts of dollars in travel expenses to help deliver those dollars to the victims.
After receiving the amount, the suspects hid the counterfeit dollars, hidden among several hundred genuine banknotes, for subsequent transfer to their victims.
Shortly after the arrest, a certain Bando, Alhaji-Ahmed, aka Alhaji Bamed, owner of Bamed Travel and Tours, who claims to be an employee of the president at the castle and a client of Yassi, verbally contacted the national security headquarters. attacked the head of the operation and promised to release the suspects.
He said Alhaji Bamed’s violent behavior suggests he may be involved, mainly while an investigation is underway.
He said national security officials had assured the Ghanaians that the government intended to rid the country of counterfeit currency syndicates and warned that those involved in the illegal activities would be arrested and treated accordingly.
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