A self-styled Presidential Staffer who defrauded over a hundred residents of the Northern and North East Region to the tune of over GHS300,000 has gone into hiding and her whereabouts unknown.
Mariam Tiyumba Bawah known in political circles as Mimi, is reported to have scammed her victims under the guise of securing them juicy jobs at the State Protocol Department (SPD), National Security, Immigration, Police, Military and Civil Service.
According to some of the victims who spoke to MyNewsGh.com, she took the monies through private accounts and others through an assignee identified as Saibu Sherifa who has since denied any involvement in the whole scam.
Our checks revealed that the amount paid ranged between GHS2,000 and GHS5,000 depending on where the person yearned to be placed as employee.
Those who wanted auctioned vehicles paid between GHS10,000 and GHS15,000 depending on the specification of the vehicle they chose totaling over GHS300,000
The Northern Regional Police Command has confirmed the initial arrest of Mariam Tiyumba Bawah who is currently under investigation but was quick to add that her whereabouts is currently unknown after being granted bail.
Meanwhile, Saibu Sherifa who stands accused as an accomplice in the whole scam insists she is innocent explaining “As a member of the national women’s wing, I met a lady by name, Mariam TIYUMBA in one of our workshops held in Accra in 2019.
We became very good friends after the program.
She introduced herself to me as a staff of the presidency working directly with state protocol.
I actually went to the jubilee house and the party headquarters with her on several occasions.
There was a day she called me that the state protocol gave her a slot to Hajj and within some few weeks she went.
Whiles at Mecca, she called me about some job opportunities at the party’s headquarters and state protocols.
She indicated to me that since 2017, they’ve been given out some selected jobs to party members but on condition that they pay some amount of money.
Knowing that she was a member of the women’s wing and the fact that I knew her house and her boyfriend who was then working/still working at the communications department of the jubilee house, I was convinced regrettably that she could do it.
The first thing I did was to consult my sisters and a brother who all expressed interest in it.
Indeed, my sister who was then working with Life insurance company in Tamale had to resign because Mariam gave us just three weeks in which they will get appointment letters.
All three paid a specified amount of money.
After the three, she kept given me pressure that they needed many people so I decided to called some friends and brothers in Gambaga who also paid and the money was forwarded to her.
I received a call from the current regional vice chairman of the party one morning about some number of people who were putting pressure on him to call me to add their names, I didn’t want go that extreme, so I rejected his numerous calls.
But he still persisted and one morning I called Mariam to find out if she could add them and she immediately accepted.
That was when Deen and the Walewale group came into the equation.
After the three weeks, Mariam gave me another two weeks that the state protocol was still compiling the names.
I followed Mariam for close to two months and there was a day she brought one ALEX guy that he was coordinating the process of the recruitment at the jubilee house.
I started another journey with ALEX and nothing came out of that.
I went to the jubilee house one day and reported this matter to a national security operative who also took it up to a police man in the house.
Their investigations revealed that the said Alex doesnt exist in the house.
Since January this year, I have been moving from Accra to Tamale on this issue because sometimes Mariam will deceived me she is in Accra whiles in Tamale”