Francis Asamoah Tuffour
An Administrative Manager at the Procurement Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Paul Kumi Kyeremeh, has been arrested by the police for allegedly duping some people including some staff of the hospital thousands of Ghana Cedis under the pretext of building houses for them.
The suspect, who is currently in the custody at the Criminal Investigation Department CID of the Police headquarters, Accra, claim also to be estate developer.
He is alleged to have admitted before the police that 50 people have so far paid monies to him ranging between GHC4, 000 and GHC24, 500 as part payment for that purpose.
However,Mr. Kyeremeh said, he could not trace or locate the land owners whom he paid the monies to for the release of the land for the project alleging that he paid the monies to them in two installments, one at a drinking bar and the second at the land site.
Mr. Kyeremeh was also reported to have told investigators that receipts and other documents covering the land was stolen from him by the land owners and a taxi driver when he alighted from the taxi they were travelling in to buy food to eat.
The Head of the Commercial Crime Unit at the CID headquarters, Superintendent Felix Koku Mawusi told the Ghanaian Times yesterday that a number of victims reported to the police that the suspect a collected money, from them with assurance of building house for them.
He was said to be the owner of Construction Company called “Bon-Tair”.
Consequently Mr. Mawusi said Mr. Kyeremeh succeeded in collecting the monies which was part-payment from the victims between 2010 and last year.
Kyeremeh, the police also said told the victims that he would give them a key each to the house after completion, but the remaining keys would be released after full payment.
Supt, Mawusi said Kyeremeh however could not honour the promise and a report was made to the police,which led to his arrest.
Investigations into the matter is ongoing and so far 10 people including nurses have written their statements on the issue.
He noted that following the report Kyeremeh was arrest on Tuesday to assist in investigations.
Superintendent Mawusi said when Keremeh was interrogated admitted the offence but said his inability to locate ‘the land owners’ whom he paid the monies to has stalled the proposed project. Besides, he also gave some money so consultants to design the structures and lay out for the project.
Mr. Mawusi noted that so far, ten people including nurses of the hospital who claimed they have been duped and were made to write their statements.
He said Kyeremeh is assisting in investigations after which he would be put before court and warned the public especially prospective house owners to ensure that they use the appropriate means to acquire land or completed houses and should not be swayed into believing that properties can be acquired whiles they have not seen or visited site of the project.
Efforts to reach Mustapha Salifu, the Public Relations Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital before press time to ascertain if Mr. Kyeremeh is an Administrative Manager of the Procurement Unit proved futile.