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GADIEL NANA Nketsia Ankamah, a self-styled businessman has defrauded unsuspecting church members at Ghana Nungua in the Western region of GH˘14,200.00.

This was after the 21-year-old promised to secure them passports and visas to Finland to work on a fishing vessel.

The suspect whose plea was not taken is currently in police custody after appearing before a Takoradi Circuit Court “B” on November 8, 2011.

Early in September this year, the suspect reportedly went to Ghana Nungua, a village near Elubo and told Pastor James Salifu, founder of King of Kings Church that he had just come from abroad and that he wanted to recruit energetic young men to Finland to work with a fishing company.

Earlier Nana Nketsia was said to have received some powerful prayers from Pastor Salifu in Half Assini where they struck an acquaintance.

Subsequently, when the suspect came out of some undisclosed trouble he visited the man of God at his base to express his appreciation and to become part of the congregation.

For about a month, the suspect worshipped with the King of Kings Church and gave testimonies about Pastor Salifu’s intercessory prayers which delivered him being thrown into prison by his enemies.

He told them that he had just returned from Italy. He also claimed he would buy the church a new set of instruments and send 35 young men from the congregation to Finland to work so that they could earn some foreign exchange and assist the new church to progress.

Nana Nketsia allegedly even told Pastor Salifu that because he prayed fervently for him while he was in trouble some months ago at Half Assini; he had ordered the shipment of a brand new salon car from Korea for the pastor’s personal use.

The congregation was said to have become “highly excited and appreciative of Nana Nketsia’s seeming gratefulness and the entire hall was filled with loud applause for the Italian burger punctuated with shouts of amen and hallelujah,” seven of the victims told DAILY GUIDE.

In no time, Nana Nketsia promised to secure passports and visas for the 35 young men and succeeded in collecting various sums of money ranging from GH˘450 to GH˘950, all amounting to GH˘14,200.00 to have the documents prepared in Accra.

The suspect allegedly secured biometric Ghanaian passports and showed them to the young men, but forged some Finish visas using computer technology to emboss them in the passports.

Before embossing the fake visas, the suspect asked the young men to go to Accra to collect their passports after which they would pay not less than GH˘2,000 each for a visa.

It was at the Accra Passport Office that officials detected that one Stephen Twen was trying to collect a passport belonging to one Bernard Sukah.

Stephen Twen then told the officials it was Nana Nketsia who did everything for them and that they were only there to collect their passports.

The police were therefore alerted and they arrested Nana Nketsia at a store in Inchaban near Sekondi where they retrieved a computer, printer and accessories as well as several passport pictures.

The suspect told police he was an expert in using the computer to do a lot of things including designing the visas of various countries.

He will reappear in court on November 25, 2011.

 
 
Source: Sam Mark Essien, Takoradi
 
 

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