Military Police arrest fake officer for invading military installation at Burma Camp

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The Military Police (MP) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has arrested one Rufai Abubakar for posing as a senior military officer and attempting to book a flight at the Air Force Base in Burma Camp to Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region.

His movements became suspicious to the guards on duty who confronted him leading to his confession that he was not a military officer.

According to a press release dated Wednesday, December 7, Rufai Abubakar had adorned his military camouflage uniform with a fake Lieutenant Colonel Rank and claimed he was stationed at the Northern Command headquarters.

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“He also disclosed that he posed as a Senior Military Officer to enable him to defraud one Mr Abdallah Abdul Fatahu from whom he had collected an amount of Three Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢3,000.00) under the pretext of recruiting him into the Ghana Armed Forces,” the statement added.

“At the time of arrest, the suspect had in his possession fake military identification and business cards and other documents bearing his name.”

Follow-up searches at the two residences he sent the military police to led to the retrieval of documents including several certificates and fake GAF recruitment reports “bearing names of defrauded persons, military uniforms and accoutrements and a toy pistol”.

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He has since been handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service for further investigation and onward prosecution.

The GAF not however that “considering that his two wives living at Ablekuma and Olebu respectively were under the false impression that their husband was a real military officer, it is possible that many other persons may have fallen victim to his impersonations and fraudulent activities.”

It, therefore, entreated such persons to contact the CID to aid in investigations.

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