Issah Alhassan, a member of a gang of suspected swindlers operating within the Accra Central Business District has been busted for allegedly posing as a spiritualist to defraud a 27-year-old woman at Tudu, in Accra.
The 32-year-old man and his gang have been on the police wanted list, following a number of complaints from the public.
Alhassan and his gang are said to usually pose as spiritualists who can help deliver people from their spiritual problems.
People who fell victims to such schemes lose valuables such as money, mobile phones, jewelry and other personal effects which they eventually steal from them after posing as diagnosing the spiritual problems and delivering their READ ALSO:Fraudster Who Posed As Foreign Affairs Official Busted
Some victims, all women, in their complaints to the police claimed they were told to close their eyes and hand over their bags while a ritual was being performed and as if hypnotized, they ended up losing their valuables.
The Crime Officer of the Accra Central Police Station, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Owusu Sekyere, briefing Daily Graphic said Alhassan was arrested after he had allegedly swindled a woman while she was going to board a commercial vehicle at Tudu.
The woman told the police that Alhassan beckoned at her about 9:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015 when she passed by him near the Kinbu Senior High Technical School and told her that he could see a bad spirit following her. The suspect, therefore, claimed that he could perform a ritual that would drive the spirit away and ease her of all her burdens.
He therefore asked the woman to put two 50 pesewas coins in her palms and spit into her palms as part of the rituals which she obliged. Alhassan then recited a few words and asked the woman to clean the saliva.
The woman then handed her bag to him asking him to help her with a handkerchief from the bag since she had saliva in her palms.
Alhassan then handed her handbag to her and instructed her to walk straight to the station and board a vehicle to her destination without looking back.
Sekyere said the woman quickly returned to the spot where she had met Alhassan but he was nowhere to be found and she headed to file a complaint to the police.
According to the police, subsequently, the woman and her boyfriend decided to look out for Alhassan near the spot where she had been defrauded.