MP’s Aide Remanded Over GH¢800k Recruitment Scam
Emmanuel Adjei Anwhere, the aide to Member of Parliament (MP) for the Atwima-Nwabiagya South Constituency in the Ashanti Region, is on remand in prison for engaging in recruitment scam.
The Nkawie Circuit Court presided over by His Honour Nana Brew, has remanded Prince Asiedu Afriyie in detention for allegedly accepting over GH800,000 in cash from residents in the region with the pretext of enlisting them into various security services.
On June 7, 2022, he is scheduled to appear in court on charges of defrauding through pretenses.
According to the complainant in the case, the suspect collected over GH100,000 from her alone under the premise of assisting the recruitment of relations into various security services but failed to follow through on his end of the agreement.
Prince Asiedu Afriyie was also believed to have stolen money from several people in the Greater Accra and Ashanti areas, following which he went into hiding and his whereabouts were unknown.
After filing an official complaint with the police, who proclaimed him wanted and published his photo, he turned himself up, was arraigned in court, and was later remanded.
Meanwhile, the legislator has revealed that the suspect ceased working for him in 2020 after enrolling in the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) School of Law.
“The issue of Prince Asiedu Afriyie engaging in employment scam, fraud, and money extortion came to my attention a few weeks ago. “Consequently, Mr. Prince Asiedu Afriyie (Kofi Juantuah) has been arrested twice with the subject matter in Accra and Kumasi.
“Kindly take notice that the aforesaid Prince Asiedu Afriyie does not work under me or under my instructions. Any purported act attributed to me or associated with my name is without my consent and authorisation. The public and especially constituents of Atwima-Nwabiagya South are advised to desist from transacting any business with me through the said Prince Asiedu Afriyie,” he said in a disclaimer.
But some of victims of the scam who would not take the excuse of their lawmaker, in local radio interviews asked, “You claimed Afriyie stopped working with you as PA, did you communicate Kofi’s resignation to the public prior to this mayhem? As a lawmaker did you officially introduce your new PA to your constituents? If not, you deliberately abetted Kofi to scam the public. You stated that, Kofi was replaced by Benjamin Kuffour-Bonsu since 2020, on what note did he assist you in preparing this current constituency delegates’ album?”