Former GREDA boss arraigned before court for SIM Box fraud

Some of the suspects.
Some of the suspects including Dr. Tweneboah (in blue shirt and in handcuffs) after they were arrested.

Former GREDA boss, Dr Alexander Kofi Tweneboah, Wednesday appeared before an Accra Magistrates’ court on the charge of SIM box fraud.

Dr Tweneboah was arrested at his residence at Baatsona, Manet area, on January 15, 2015, where several items, including one SIM Box with 64-slot SIM server, 4G Internet Modem, one laptop computer and a mini antenna were retrieved.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Kwesi Sakher told the court that the police were yet to conclude investigations, and prayed the court to accordingly remand the accused person.

Counsel for the accused person, Mr Fiifi Arban however prayed the court to grant bail to his client saying, it has been a deliberate attempt by the police to keep his client in custody and that infringes on his human rights.

He said his plea has still not been taken and therefore he needs to be granted his freedom.

The court presided over by Mr Wolanyo Kotoku, however remanded the Former GREDA boss into police custody, to enable the police to complete investigations.

He is to reappear on February 9.

Three persons namely, Emmanuel Kofi Essilfie, Edmond Essilfie and Kwaku Appiah were arrested but they denied knowledge of the gadgets and mentioned Alexander Tweneboah, owner of the house as the owner of the equipment.

Alexander Tweneboah was subsequently traced and arrested. He claimed ownership of the equipment and admitted using them to terminate international calls illegally.

The ex-President is among other culprits, who are currently in police grips.

The other culprits include, Ebenezer Boateng, Victor Owusu, Kwadjo Asare, Emmanuel Kofi Essilfie, Edmond Essilfie, Kweku Appiah, Alvin Habib, Francis Abbey, David Ayitsi, Daniel Nehme a Lebanese. The arrests were made in Koforidua, Accra, Batsoona, Kumasi and Tema.

Some of the items retrieved from the operation include, SIM box equipments, SIM cards of the various telecommunication networks, computers, laptops, heavy duty batteries, internal antennas, ACP battery backup and internet routers.

Two of the accomplices are, however, on the run.

Source: GNA

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