A combined team of the police headquarters and the Brong Ahafo Regional police have arrested an ex-military officer, Francis Kunlen, for collecting various sums of money from some unsuspecting people who he assured to assist to be enlisted into the Ghana Police Service.
Kunlen, 58, was arrested on the eve of christmas at his hideout at a location near Sowutuom in Greater Accra.
According to the Brong Ahafo Regional Police PRO, ASP Christopher Tawiah who spoke to Graphic Online, the ex-soldier contacted some people who were interested in being enlisted and asked them to pay GhȻ2000 to enable him facilitate their recruitment into the police.
It was when one eager member of the victims whose money was ready was rather directed to contact the Brong Ahafo regional police after he had called the police headquarters in Accra through the telephone to ascertain whether the police administration was enlisting people into the service.
The police headquarters then referred the matter to the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command for further investigations.
The police team then hatched up with the prospective recruit who called Kunlen to inform him that his money was ready.
Kunlen then upon receiving the news sent a driver, Alex Ampadu to Sunyani to collect the money on his behalf but he (Ampadu) was arrested by the team when he showed up to collect the money.
The police was then led to the ex-soldier by Ampadu whereupon, he was arrested and now cooling off in police custody in Sunyani.
Meanwhile, the police say pictures of Kunlen would not be made public since the service intended organizing a parade to enable the public, especially those he duped to identify him for further investigation.
In March, 2015, a Commissioner of Police (COP), Mr Patrick Timbillah, who was Director General in charge of Police Human Resource Development, was indicted by the police administration over his alleged involvement in a police recruitment scam which is still being investigated. Five others suspects, Amos Brown, 40, a radio presenter; General Corporal Gideon Sarpong of the police Visibility Unit, Takoradi; PW Constable Ruth Agyiri, 27, Central Police Station, Koforidua, Pastor Paul Danso from Tarkwa and Richard Harrison, 30, were also picked up in the March police recruitment scam.