Fake soldier busted after intimating Takoradi residents with gun

A self-acclaimed soldier has been apprehended by police in Sekondi-Takoradi, the capital of the Western Region.

According to the report acquired, the fake soldier goes by the service name WOII Samuel Owusu Dartey.

People who have seen him say he intimidates neighbours and walks around with a weapon and handcuffs.

After a long period of deception, his cover was ultimately blown when he attempted to utilise his ruse on a private surveyor named Clifford Pablo Yakah, at Ntankoful in Sekondi Takoradi city.

He was allegedly hired by a family to use his military uniform and dubious ways to intimidate the surveyor to pack from their land.

“I’m a private surveyor working on some documents for a family. I was there one day when the family introduced the suspect to me that he was a military officer (WOII Samuel Owusu Dartey) and also works with the Intelligence Unit of the National Security. They said he will be working with me on the land document,” the victim indicated.

“He came to my house one early morning dressed in military uniform with a pistol and handcuff asking me to dress up and follow him. I obeyed and followed him to the Lands Commission but I was suspicious of his behaviour so I called my in-law who is in the military. He was trailed and later arrested. Checks indicate he is not a military officer so he is currently at the Kwesimintsim Police Station assisting investigations,” the surveyor, Clifford Pablo Yakah narrated to Connect FM.

Information collected demonstrates that after a search on the fake soldier, the police retrieved a pistol, military uniform, and a list containing names of people he had reportedly extorted money from to be recruited into the military.

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