From Samuel Duodu, Sunyani
A middle-aged man who posed as an Army Officer stationed at the 2nd Battalion of Infantry (2BN) at Takoradi in the Western Region, has been sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment for impersonation by the Wamfie District Court in the Dormaa East District in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Ofosu Asare pleaded guilty to the offence of impersonation.
Police Inspector M. K. Yeboah, the prosecutor, told the court, presided over by Mr Justice Kaakyire Atta-Owusu, that Asare went to the complainant, Mr Frank Nii Abbey, the District Forestry Manager at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region on September 17, 2009 around 4 p.m. and introduced himself as a Captain of the Ghana Army stationed at 2BN, Takoradi.
Inspector Yeboah said Asare further claimed that he was attached to Burma Camp and that he had been appointed as the National Co-ordinator for the National Timber Task Force.
The prosecutor said the complainant, who was not convinced, demanded his identity card and an introductory letter from the National Task Force but Asare failed to produce both.
Inspector Yeboah said the complainant became suspicious and, therefore, decided to call some soldiers who were part of a military team based at Dormaa-Ahenkro to verify Asare’s claims.
He said the soldiers interrogated Asare and found out that he was an impostor and was arrested and handed over to the Dormaa Police for further investigation.
The prosecutor said it was realised that Asare had rather offered to be an informant to the National Timber Monitoring Team Secretariat in Accra.