Three illegal currency dealers in court

Three persons were on Friday put before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly buying and selling external currency without authority.

Razak Abubakari and Ibrahim Issaka, businessmen, and Alhaji Kadri Musah, a trader, allegedly approached policemen who were in plain clothes to buy and sell foreign currencies but they were arrested by the policemen.

The court did not take their pleas and remanded them into police custody to reappear on September 23.

This was after their lawyers had pleaded with the court to admit them to bail but the court declined saying it was premature to admit them to bail.

Police Superintendent Abichab Boye told the court presided over by Mrs Ivy Heward-Mills that the accused persons were arrested based on persistent complainants by the management of Kotoka International Airport that some people were harassing the public over the sale and purchase of foreign currencies.

Supt. Boye said on September 15, the Nima Divisional Criminal Investigations Department, led by Detective Chief Inspector A. Amaniampong went to the Airport roundabout in a private car and feigned to buy United States dollars.

The three accused persons on seeing the private car quickly rushed and informed the Police that they were ready to sell or buy any foreign currency at a reasonable and affordable rate.

They were arrested and when Abuabakari was searched GH¢51,000 cedis was found on him.

Supt. Boye said Issaka also had on him 3,211 dollars, 455 pounds, 9,500
CFA, 200 Naira and GH¢6,145 cedis.

Musah, the prosecution said, had on him GH¢630 cedis, 5,000 CFA, five pounds and a dollar.

When interrogated the accused admitted buying and selling foreign currency adding that it was their source of livelihood.

Source: GNA

1 Comment
  1. Bushia says

    This shouldn’t be going on especially Ghana, In Canada everyone goes to the Bank or forex bereau not to the street, it will kill our currency and shouldn’t be allow. They should put behind bars for not following the country’s rules, should be illegal at all levels.

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