JULIAN GREEN Ijeh Nkemakonam, a 41-year-old Nigerian from Edo State is in the grips of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters for stealing and impersonation.
The suspect is said to be involved in serial theft cases in hotels like La Palm Royal, Movenpick, Oak Plaza, and other plush venues for both local and international conferences in Accra.
His modus is to dress as a conference participant or a delegate. He sits through the conference and while the conference is on break, he pilfers around, stealing mobile phones, laptops, iPads or any portable gadget.
The Director of the Anti Armed Robbery (AAR) Unit at the CID Headquarters, Chief Superintendent Edward Faakye Kumi, said the police suspected that he sent his booty to his home country or elsewhere to sell.
He has been hauled to an Accra Circuit Court on four separate cases, with the latest being the fifth case against him.
Nkemakonam, who is a trader and resident at Zamrama Line, Accra, was recently granted bail in one of the cases and was ordered to report to the police every Monday.
On Tuesday July 3, 2012, he was rearrested by officers of the Anti Armed Robbery Unit and kept in the CID Headquarters cells when he showed up to satisfy one of his bail terms following a complaint against him.
On June 27, 2012, Nkemakonam, who posed as Michael Madu, an executive officer of (non-existing) Fremson Oil Company, was captured on a CCTV stealing at the British Council where he participated in a training course organized for senior and middle level managers from top businesses in Ghana.
During lunch break on that fateful day, the suspect stole an iPad, two rlg phones, one Asus mini laptop, one Sony P-plus computer and two HTC mobile phones, and left the programme unceremoniously.
A Project Assistant at the British Council, Ayetey Nai Kwade, reported the matter to the police at the CID Headquarters on Friday June 29, 2012.
The court has since Thursday July 5, revoked Nkemakonam’s bail for the previous case since he was incorrigible, and has asked police to bring him back on July 26, 2012 when the case will continue.
He would however be separately arraigned for the new offence today, July 13, 2012 to face charges of impersonation and stealing.
BY Rocklyn Antonio
Category: Benin City