TWO FAKE JOURNALISTS BUSTED FOR EXTORTION

Christopher Selorm  Adzivor a.k.a  Kofi Adzivor and Philip Agbonuglah a.k.a Ganyaa who claimed to be Investigative journalists attached to National Security have been busted.

Adzivor and Agbonuglah who said they were acting on behalf of National Security went to the St. Catherine Senior High School at Agbakope in the South Tongu District to harass and intimidate the headmistress of the school, Madam Precious Adade who is a person with disability (PWD), and succeeded in extorting GH¢700.00 from her to fuel their Honda Saloon car with registration numbered GM265 – 12 ‘and something for their boss’ in Accra.

Adzivor, a school drop out from the defunct Purity Academy, a trade Institution in Ho is not a journalist but was terrorizing unsuspecting innocent citizens in the Volta Region.

This compelled the former Regional Chairman of GJA, Victor Kwawukume to caution organizations and individuals to be wary of imposters going round as representatives of certain media houses.

Narrating her ordeal with Adzivor and his accomplice to The Daily Democrat at Hoviefe in the Ho Municipality of the Volta Region, Madam Adade said on January 12, 2018 at about 12 noon, Adzivor and Agbonuglah called at the school to interrogate her on an alleged collection of BECE registration fee from the final year pupils.

According to her, she affirmed the collection but explained that a fee of GH¢100.00 was collected from each final year pupil in September 2017 in agreement with the parents to avoid pupils from dropping out of school due to non-payment of the registration fee.

Madam Adade told Daily Democrat that she explained to the two confident tricksters that on November 2017 she was informed about government’s directive by the Municipal Education Directorate that it will absorb payments of those charges on behalf of the BECE candidate so she quickly called a meeting of the parents the following day to return their monies to them but a parent, John Agbodza, suggested that since in the subsequent terms there would be other commitments with the school, she should keep the monies, to which the other parents at the meeting agreed.

After these explanations the two imposters insisted that she went against government policy and for that reason they were going to publish her in the media. She pleaded that she was prepared to go to any office to explain herself but would not like her name to be published in the media.

According to her, the two “fake National Security operatives held her hostage for a period of time, to the extent that they prevented her from reaching up to her staff members.

“In the cause of our discussions, Adzivor left the office and asked Agbonuglah to negotiate with me,” she told Daily Democrat

Agbonuglah then asked her to fuel their vehicle and provide something for their boss in Accra.

She intimated that she did not have any money on her but Agbonuglah insisted and compelled her to borrow GH¢600.00 under duress, intimidation and threat.

She averred that Adzivor resurfaced shortly after and asked her to put the money into an envelope.

Alarmed at their disposition, she decided to conduct personal investigation into their activities and found out that the two were imposters.

She therefore reported their activities to the Regional Police Command, who confirmed to this reporter that Adzivor and his accomplice visited the Regional Police Command to lodge a counter report and also concocted an elaborate story, intended to denigrate Madam Adade’s achievement in the New Independent and other social Media platforms which attracted lot of condemnations.

A source at the Regional police Command revealed that investigations are ongoing and whoever is found culpable will be made to face the full rigours of the law.

When The Daily Democrat contacted John Agbodza, the school management committee Chairman (SMC), Noah Ohene; PTA chairman, David Tsigbey and the Paramount Chief of Hoviefe, Togbe Agbi III, they all corroborated the headmistress’ story.

It would be recalled that Kofi Adzivor caused to be published in the New Independent Newspaper of 18th January 2018 that the headmistress of Hoviefe Junior High school, Precious Adade, had collected monies from parents whose wards are final year students in her school to cover payments of registration for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) contrary to government directive that it was going to absorb payment of those charges on behalf of the wards.

The publication claimed the headmistress attempted to bribe them with an undisclosed amount of money to prevent the story from going public, which received commendation from several quarters of society particularly the Volta regional minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa.

When contacted, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa said even though he knew Adzivor, he never sought his opinion on the alleged publication, he also never spoke to him and have never commended him on the publication and told this reporter that he believes in responsible journalistic practice.

Daily Democrat investigation revealed that being Adzivor’s stock in trade, he and an accomplice King Emil Short on March 1, 2010 were arrested at Nkwanta for allegedly posing as the Volta Regional Correspondents of The Independent and the Event Newspapers respectively.

The regional National Security Liaison Officer Appiah Fenteng also told this paper that he (Adzivor) is not an operative of their outfit and that they have a lot of dossiers on him.

Information indicates that Philip Agbonuglah is not a journalist but a carpenter and operates a drinking spot in Ho.

By Vandyck Asante, Hoviefe

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