Court revokes arrest warrant against military officer for recruitment fraud

An Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday quashed an arrest warrant issued for a military officer allegedly involved in a GH₵136,000 recruitment fraud.

This happened after Captain Abel Nartey appeared in court along with his lawyers.

Captain Nartey’s defence lawyer asked the court to grant bail to his client because they were informed of the arrest warrant through a publication.

According to the defence lawyer, Captain Nartey appeared in court because he did not break the law, adding that the accused would not interfere with police investigations if granted bail.

The defense attorney argued that Captain Nartey did not pose a flight risk.

Following the presentation of the defense attorney, the court withdrew the arrest warrant and granted Captain Nartey bail.

The court ordered Captain Nartey to report to the Regional Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

The court, presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah, issued a warrant for the arrest of Captain Nartey on July 5, 2024.

This came after the prosecution, headed by Chief Inspector Wisdom Alorwu, informed the court that Captain Nartey had been repeatedly invited by the Regional Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police to assist in the investigation but had declined the invitation.

The prosecution claimed that a wireless signal was transmitted to the Military Police and Army Headquarters demanding that Captain Nartey be brought in for questioning, but to no avail.

On July 5, 2024, the prosecution updated the charge sheet and facts, and Clement Ayomah, who was being tried alongside Captain Nartey, pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and fraud by pretense.

Captain Nartey also pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

The prosecution said the complainant, George Ofori Amoako, is a trader based in Darkuman.

He noted that Mr. Ayomah is a military officer posted at the Burma Camp, while Captain Nartey is posted at the Training and Doctrine Command in Teshie.

The prosecution alleged that in 2021, a certain Vivian introduced Mr. Ayomah to the complainant as a military officer who had recruitment positions in the armed forces.

He said the complainant expressed interest in slot machines and contacted Ayomah for assistance.

Mr Ayomah allegedly told the complainant that he and Captain Nartey held many protocol positions in the security services.

The court heard that Mr Ayomah collected GH₵136,000 from the plaintiff and gave GH₵120,000 to Captain Nartey to enlist 12 persons into the Ghana Armed Forces, seven into the Ghana Police Service and three into the Ghana Immigration Service.

The prosecution said Mr Ayomah kept the remaining amount.

However, after taking the money, Mr. Ayomah reneged on his promise and started playing hide-and-seek with the complainant.

The prosecution said a report was filed with the police in March 2023 and Mr Ayomah was arrested.

In Mr Ayomah’s cautionary statement, he admitted to having collected money from the complainant and mentioned that part of the money was handed over to Captain Nartey.

The prosecution said Mr Ayomah had since repaid GH₵50,000.

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