Timbillahs Account Frozen

The bank accounts of interdicted Commissioner of Police (COP) Patrick Timbillah have been frozen. Interior Minister Mark Woyongo made the revelation on Joy FM.

This was after a meeting of the Police Council yesterday to deliberate on ongoing investigations into the biggest recruitment fraud that has hit the Police Service in which Mr Timbillah, Director-General of Human Resources, is alleged to be involved.

Reports said the top cop was operating two private accounts with amount totalling about GH¢1 million.

The senior officer is said to have since been dispossessed of his allocated side arm (pistol).

Two other police officers and three civilians, including one Aisha Asumda, a supposed Shea butter trader, have also been arrested in connection with the scandal.

Two hundred people have so far fallen victim to the fraudulent scheme, having been issued with fake admission letters purportedly signed by COP Patrick Timbillah.

The people were said to have paid varying sums of money to Aisha, monies which could amount to over GH¢1 million and which were said to have been put into Timbillah’s accounts.

The special investigation team has been given up to Friday, March 20, to present its report to the Police Council.

Police Council
The Police Council, chaired by the Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, has given its full support to the ongoing investigations into the recruitment fraud.

A statement issued yesterday and signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, said the Council had endorsed all steps taken by the Police Administration to investigate the recruitment fraud case that broke out last week.

It further indicated that the Council had approved the administration’s evocation of police disciplinary procedures in handling the matter.

Question Marks
Meanwhile, private legal practitioner Samson Lardy Ayenini has questioned how Aisha Asumda, the Shea butter trader who is standing trial for her involvement in an earlier police recruitment fraud, would still receive two contracts to recruit more people.

What seemed to baffle him was how two commercial banks would jointly hold in excess of GH¢1 million for a person suspected to be a public official without any remedial steps either by the banks to verify the source of that money or by the police administration to freeze the accounts when it realised that the accounts were products of a fraudulent activity.

Aisha Asumda was arrested sometime last year for her involvement in a similar fraudulent police recruitment.

An amount of GH¢30,000, being monies realised from the fraud, had been deposited in a Stanbic Bank account at Spintex.

Interior Minister Mark Woyongo confirmed to Joy FM that he knew about the scam way back in December last year, the role of Aisha Asumda, the existence of the Stanbic Bank account as well as claims that the money was paid to Patrick Timbillah.

As a result of the investigation, Asumda was arrested and was being prosecuted for her role in the scandal but was granted bail.

Ayenini’s Revelation
But Samson Lardy Ayenini said he had information that Aisha Asumda received two separate contracts from top guns within the police administration to fraudulently recruit people into the Service.

 By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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