- Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the September 24th, fake Accra Mall terror alert
- The suspect was reported apprehended in the Ashanti Region
- The suspect's motives for reportedly instigating the fake alert is yet to be determined
The Ghana Police have arrested the individual behind the fake Accra Mall terror attack rumor that circulated on social media in September 24th, 2017, that caused fear and disrupted local business activities.
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Authorities are sure that the suspect current in their custody is responsible for the hoax terror alert that went viral on social media. Though the suspect's identity is yet to be made public, police released a statement on Friday, November 3rd, announcing the arrest.
The suspect, reportedly aged 30, was apprehended at his "hideout" at Offinso, in the Ashanti Region on the 1st of November, 2017, and is still in police custody pending further investigations.
It is yet to be determined what the suspect's motives were for allegedly instigating the fake terror alert, and the Ghana Police service also used the opportunity to caution those who would seek to do something similar it possess the ability to trace a hoax back to its origin.
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"...Police have the capacity to fish out persons who circulate false news on social media and other platforms in relation to issues that can have national security implications.” Reads a section of the statement.
According to Ghana's criminal code states that circulation of rumors or reports likely to cause fear and unrest to the general public is considered a misdemeanor.
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