A self acclaimed anti-corruption campaigner who is also the secretary of National Patriots Against Injustice and Corruption Ghana (NAPAIC-Ghana) Zumah Tii-roug Yaro is in the grips of the police for allegedly blackmailing and attempting to extort money from a businessman.
The Upper East Regional police command arrested Zumah Tii-roug Yaro on Friday, April 14, 2023, after he fled a citizens’ arrest the day earlier. This was after a failed blackmail to provide some audio-visual evidence to support his claim of a businessman and a married woman having romantic affair.
Yaro, demanded an amount of money to prevent the video from reaching the woman’s husband and subsequently going viral on social media.
After police investigations and statements from him, the Businessman, the woman and other witnesses, Yaro was charged with attempting to commit a crime, namely extortion and has since been detained at the District police station to be arraigned before the Bolgatanga Circuit Court on Monday, April 17, 2023.
On Thursday, April 13, 2023, Tii-roug went to the owner of a drinking spot behind the forestry commission and claimed that the businessman (name withheld) had a romantic affair with a married woman (name withheld) at a prayer camp in an orchard in front of the spot. He said that he had two boys with him at the time who had videoed the act. Tii-roug demanded money from the businessman to prevent the video from being sent to the woman’s husband.
The owner of the drinking spot, who knew the businessman, called him and invited Tii-roug to a meeting at the spot. Tii-roug repeated his claims and demanded money from the businessman. The businessman refuted Tii-roug’s claims and requested that Tii-roug call the woman and her husband to come and watch the video as proof of his innocence. However, Tii-roug declined and fled the scene, leaving his motorbike behind.
Yaro’s interdiction and judicial cases
Azumah Yaro Tii-roug was an employee of the Ministry of Education who used fake documents to get employed and was interdicted by the Ghana Education Service on February 17, 2020, for fraudulently using his late brother, Baba Zumah’s certificates to gain employment at Arigu D/A Junior High School in the West Mamprusi district of the North East region.
The detained ‘anti-corruption campaigner has multiple names on different national documents including educational certificates, national health Insurance and many others .
Previously, Mr. Tii-roug was involved in a criminal case that nearly sent a royal from Gbane in the Talensi district to jail. Yaro connived with someone who is now late to implicate Bienab Boazie Gban as an armed robber. Bienab Boazie was arrested by the Tongo Police after Yaro reported Bienab Boazie with the help of the deceased ( Yaro’s accomplice) as a witness. The court subsequently discharged Bienab Boazie Gban after realising the charges against him as an Armed robber was not true. Police then arrested Zumah Yaro for deceiving a public officer.
Years back, Zumah Yaro tried conspiring and even embarked on falsehood peddling agenda against a renowned journalist in the region which backfired but the journalist decided not to take legal action against him.
OnuaOnline spoke with some residents in the area and they are demanding justice for the businessman and the married woman who were allegedly blackmailed to regain their integrity and respect.
The businessman is currently in a state of shock and afraid of losing his business partners whiles the married woman’s marriage is set to be in limbo as a result of the attempted blackmail.
By Mohammed Rabiu Tanko|UE|Onuaonline.com