The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has arrested an alleged notorious car fraudster it has been on a manhunt for over the past nine months. Bridget Enchill Obeng’s arrest follows reports that she allegedly hoodwinked over 10 unsuspecting people under the pretext of selling vehicles to them.
The suspect, who also goes by the name Naana, was apprehended at Baah Yard, Awoshie, Accra, after reportedly playing hide-and-seek with the police over the period.
The police earlier arrested a different person they had suspect and later realised it was a mistaken identity.
However, upon a tip-off, Enchill was later busted by the Osu police in another case and handed over to the CID for investigation.
The Police service has revealed that the Tesano, Adabraka, Teshie and Airport police are also investigating her for fraud.
The CID’s Director of operations at the headquarters, ACP Peter Gyimah, said Enchill Obeng, who operated with the name Naana, displays various vehicles for sale with her contact numbers on them.
He said when interested persons contact her, she then arranges to either meet them or asks her accomplices to do so and in the process, takes from prospective buyers money ranging from GH¢9,000 to GH¢50,000 and goes into hiding.
According to ACP Gyimah, the suspect takes the buyers to other persons she claims are the real owners of the vehicles. A
After the money has been paid, Enchill and her accomplices then present the victims with fake car keys and documents and asks them to go for the vehicles.
The victims get the shock of their lives when they go to the locations only to neither meet any car nor person. Police investigations have revealed that the suspect and her accomplices often use apartments with owners outside the country or hospitals for their nefarious activities.
Six of the victims of Enchill Obeng told the police that their money were collected at the Korle-Bu Teaching, 37 Military and the Ridge Hospitals.
Nigeria: Boko Haram leader exposes rest Chibok girls whereabouts
One of the arrested Boko Haram leaders and kidnappers of the Chibok schoolgirls, Mallam Mayinta Modu, alias Abor has revealed that each of them received N60,000 as ransom before they freed one batch of the abducted girls.
Modu, who hails from Bama Local Government Area, Borno State had confessed to being one of the Boko Haram Commanders that coordinated and led the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014, including several attacks on Bama, Gwoza and Mubi towns in Borno and Adamawa states.
This was following the arrest of 22 suspected Boko Haram members who participated in the kidnapping of the girls.
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They were paraded at the Borno Police Command, Wednesday, by Deputy Commissioner-led Intelligence Response Team, IRT, of the IGP, Ibrahim Idris.Modu revealed that one Mallam Chingori, is in custody of the remaining Chibok girls at Gulumba village of Bama Council Area following the recent bombardment of the forest by troops.
Upon interrogation, he said: “I cannot ascertain the number of people I slaughtered or killed before my arrest. All I can say is that as a member of the sect and with the roles I played in the course of our fighting against infidels, government and security agencies, I was promoted as one of the sub-commanders.
“I actively participated and coordinated the kidnapping of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls in April, 2014.
“After we abducted the girls, we separated them and put them in different locations in Sambisa Forest under the care of our top commanders.
“The name of my top Commander is Mallam Chingori. He kept some of the girls in his custody in Sambisa hideout before relocating to Gulumba village of Bama Council Area following the recent bombardment of the forest by troops.
“At a point, when we released some of the girls, we were given N60,000 each for escorting the girls to one undisclosed location, before we went back to base, Sambisa.
“I may not know whether our Commander who gave us the ransom money also took his share of the money; all I can say is that we were many that collected such amount.
“As it is, the remaining girls are in the custody of our top Commander (Chingori) who later relocated from Sambisa to Gulumba village of Bama town.”
Modu could, however, not state who paid the ransom, but admitted that some of the girls were still in the custody of the sect in different locations in the forest.
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Egypt: Human rights activists criticises new social media law
Human rights activists have criticised the adoption of a new law that gives the state powers to block social media accounts and penalise journalists held to be publishing fake news.
Under the law passed on Monday, social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers on sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be treated as media outlets, which makes them subject to prosecution for publishing false news or incitement to break the law.
The Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media, headed by an official appointed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will supervise the law and take action against violations.
The bill prohibits the establishment of websites without obtaining a license from the Supreme Council and allows it to suspend or block existing websites, or impose fines on editors.
The law, which takes effect after it is ratified by Sisi, also states that journalists can only film in places that are not prohibited, but does not explain further.
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