The boys have taken a bend round and have gone a different direction this time, the skillfull youngsters of Ghana have moved fast, and seem to be getting bored of the cyber fraud, they have something new up their sleeves which people would not tend to fall for, but by the day, victims have fallen for the net, and these youngsters are getting cash in their pockets day by day.
With the incessant countless raid after raid on the youngsters by the police, the Sakawa practitioners have switched up Ting’s smoothly. The Sakawa boys also seem to be using the government search for previous government functionaries , who are in possession of state vehicles, they seem to be using this to their advantage in order to pose as members who are part of the security detail who have authority to carry out the exercise. In some incidence the smart minded boys trail presidential convoys, dress in military uniforms and pose as members of the security personnel guarding the convoy, they do this to the highest degree where you will be fooled and not see them as suspicious.
There scandals involve targeting any driver who is interrupting the smooth operation of the convoy , by threatening the driver by taking the individual to the castle if they object to settling with them. Obviously this will involve huge sums of cash, nothing small.
In another incidence too, they disguise as members of the anti- crime unit or squad off the Ghana police force or either the Ghana army and they can arrest anybody in which they suspect are prosperous, and so can compel large sums of money from their victims. Usually the alibi put up by the Sakawa practitioners in that particular situation is the arrested individual had been stated wanted by the security appratus.
The boys are usually witnessed wearing military and police uniforms and on the look out for people whose appearance give them up as wealthy so the boys can easily attack. They are often found hanging around Banks, Restaurants, Big Stalls like the Shop Rite or the Accra Mall.
Investigators who have studied into these areas suggest that the boys hang around the areas because these seem to be the hotspots where big buissness men, spenders or wealthy people go either to do shopping or business.
On one account , Joseph Adjiri, a 50+ businessman fell victim to the Sakawa mongers on a Friday. He was on his way to his office on the Liberia road at Adabraaka, a suburb of Accra, when a “young uniformed policeman around his mid 30’s forced open my car and jumped on to the front passenger seat and begun threatening me that I have crossed the convoy of his Excellency the Vice President and therefore demanded from me an amount of GH3500, or in default send me to the Castle”.
According to Mr. Adjiri, the incident took place at the traffic light near the AP filling station at Adabraka: “The traffic light was red, so all vehicles on the particular road, including mine had to stop. Suddenly the uniformed man opened my door and sat by me”.
“He took me to my office just around the same area and demanded that unless I paid the amount he was demanding he would have no choice than to take me to the Castle”, Mr. Adjiri stressed, adding that the “policeman”, who gave his name as Osei indicated that, he was taking the said amount because the security detail that was overseeing the special exercise was seven in number.
By any stretch then, the GH3500 would have been shared GH500 each among the seven people. The said Osei, Mr. Adjiri disclosed, “then started making calls that suggested that he had arrested the man who crossed the Vice President’s convoy and that in less than no time, he would bring him to the Castle for further action”, stressing that “he begun recording my particulars in a diary that he was holding”
Mr. Adjiri disclosed that Osei was not armed like other policemen on such exercise do, but however demanded that “I hand over my license to him’.
After persistent pleading, Mr. Adjiri said, Osei agreed to collect GH1000. He would however not agree to withdraw the cash himself and insisted that Mr. Adjiri did that.
“I took him to the Inter Continental Bank, around the Ohene Djan Stadium where I parked at the Bank’s car park, near the Stadium. I then went into the Bank and withdrew the cash Cheque and gave it to him, and later drove him to the Castle gate where he alighted, cross the road and went away”.
In another case, a relatively elderly man was virtually bundled into a waiting car by some army uniformed Sakawa boys on the Achimota-Ofankor road some weeks ago. The impression given for the arrest of the man by the boys, who it is believed are in the 20’s was that the man had been declared wanted by the state security.
Although the man’s gestures easily gave up his innocence, no one could muster the courage to challenge the uniformed boys. To many onlookers, they were young recruits of the army performing special operational duties.
Almost all those who witnesses watched in awe and amazement as the man was bundled into the waiting vehicle being used by the Sakawa boys.
The victim disclosed to the paper that he did nothing wrong to warrant the “arrest” and that the boys in the army uniform were fraudsters who took from him the only GH600 that had left on him and asked him to go back.
He disclosed that he was not told of his offence and that while on the way, they asked him to bring all the monies he had on him of which he obliged. He then reported the incident to the Kwabenya police.
An onlooker who was not easily convinced about the scene reported the incident to Peace FM. an Accra based private radio station.
I feel the youths of Ghana can do better, we should not think of our youths as all criminals, we have the young aspiring footballers, doctors and musicians,and they are the future.
Source from http://www.naijafeed.com/
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