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Traditional ruler faces accusations of defrauding Chinese company

March 27, 2024
Traditional ruler faces accusations of defrauding Chinese company

Numo Frederick Tawiah Tetteh Adeyena, a traditional ruler, has appeared before the on charges of defrauding a Chinese company of GH¢360,000. Allegations suggest that Numo Adeyena collected the money under the pretence of selling four acres of land at Tsopoli to the company but failed to do so.

Charged with an attempt to commit a crime, namely fraudulent transaction, and defrauding by false pretence, Numo Adeyena has pleaded not guilty. The prosecution informed the court that the accused person had refunded GH¢140,000.

Presided over by Mrs Kizita Naa Koowa Quashie, the court granted bail to the accused person in the sum of GH¢250,000 with two sureties. Additionally, the court ordered the accused person to deposit a valid passport, Voter's ID, or at the Court Registry, with expiration dates not before March 25, 2025. The case was adjourned to April 30, 2024, for reconciliation attempts between the parties.

Defense Counsel Lordia Addison petitioned the court for bail, citing the accused person's role as the head of the family and asserting that he was not a flight risk. The defence highlighted the accused person's cooperation with the police during the investigation.

According to the prosecution led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel Haligah, the complainant, Shen Jaiming, is a Chinese resident of Tsopoli. The accused person is identified as the head of the Djangmaku-Manya family of Old Ningo.

The prosecution outlined that in May 2023, the complainant sought land at Tsopoli for his company, Skylight Manufacturing Limited, and was introduced to Andrews Darpong by his lawyer as a land agent. Darpong led the complainant to the accused person's family, who assured him of their ability to sell four acres of land for GH¢720,000.

After collecting an initial GH¢360,000 from the complainant and preparing a Sale and Purchase agreement, the accused person's family surveyor was supposed to demarcate the land. However, upon arrival at the site, they were arrested by police officers stationed at the Saglime Government Housing Project. Subsequent investigations revealed that the land did not belong to the accused person's family.

In response, the accused person refunded GH¢140,000 to Skylight Manufacturing Company Limited during the course of the investigation. The case underscores the importance of due diligence in land transactions and the legal ramifications of fraudulent activities.

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