PHOTO: Asamoah Gyan impostor in court

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IDDAn Accra circuit court is expected to commence hearing of a case in which one Masud Walid Iddrisu is standing trial for allegedly impersonating Asamoah Gyan, captain of the Ghana Black Stars.

This follows a botched attempt by the prosecution to arraign the 21-year-old unemployed before the court, presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, yesterday.

DAILY GUIDEsources claim Baffour Gyan, elder brother of the captain; Samuel Anim Addo, Manager of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation in Ghana and one other person were spotted at the 28th February Road courts popularly called the Cocoa Affairs courts in anticipation of the trial.

However, the trio after waiting for hours, left disappointed as the hearing of the case was adjourned to Monday, March 30, 2015.

The court is set to hear how Iddrisu allegedly introduced himself to someone (name withheld) as Asamoah Gyan and purportedly requested that the sum of GH¢20,000 be paid to him (Iddrisu) to enable him rent a warehouse in Accra to facilitate a supposed trading business in Ghana.

It stated that the disturbing acts of fraudsters in recent times compelled Asamoah Gyan to inform friends and gave the manager of the Foundation the Power of Attorney to track down the suspects.

The source said in January this year, Iddrisu introduced himself to a witness in the case resident in America as Asamoah Gyan and expressed his desire to do business in Ghana.

Iddrisu consequently requested the witness to transfer GH¢20,000 to enable him rent a warehouse in Accra to facilitate their trading business and that unknown to Iddrisu, the witness, who knew Asamoah Gyan, informed Anim about the accused person’s intention to defraud her.

According to the source, on March 19, 2015 the witness asked Iddrisu to go to the Mile 7 branch of the Barclays Bank to withdraw the money and directed the accused person to contact the manager of the bank for it.

It further stated that after filing the authorization form to collect the money, Iddrisu presented an Electoral Commission of Ghana voter’s Identity Card number 3659029080 bearing the photograph of Asamoah Gyan, to cash the money.

The bank manager alerted the police, leading to the arrest of Iddrisu, who in his caution statement, said he adopted that plan due to financial constraints.

By Jeffery De-Graft Johnson

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