Five arrested over alleged extortion of prospective National Service personnel

Five persons believed to be middlemen have been arrested for allegedly taking bribes to change postings of some national service personnel. According to the National Service Secretariat, the five, whose names were not given, are currently assisting in investigations into the case which he admitted has been ongoing at its various offices. Public Relations officer of the NSS, David Prah who revealed this on TV3’s Midday Live Friday said the activities of these persons were suspicious hence their arrest. “Some of these people and their character, which is very suspicious, therefore we have arrested five of them who are assisting investigations,” he told Afua Tieku. Reports are rife that some middle men have been extorting money from some personnel with the pretence of changing their postings for them. Some prospective personnel, according to reports, are being charged between GHC400 and GHC600. “We are working with security agencies like the BNI, National Security, CID and they are investigating and asking questions as to what they were doing over there and whether they’ve really taken certain amount,” he added. Act 126 of the NSS mandates all graduates from the tertiary institutions to undergo a one-year national service but some people especially those posted to the rural areas refuse postings and find ways to have their posts changed. “Last three weeks the executive director, Mustafah Yussif issued a press statement warning the public not to entertain these middlemen. National Service posting is not for sale. We have said it over and over,” he warned the public. Mr. Prah explained that certain factors are considered in posting prospective service personnel. These factors, he said, include the person’s course of study, whether the person has any form of disability, pregnant or is a lactating mother among others. By Edwin Arthur||Ghana ]]>