Ritzio Ghana Ltd

…police urged to intensify search for perpetrators

Investigations conducted by News Ghana indicate that some Ghanaian employees at Ritzio Ghana, a subsidiary of Ritzio International have resorted to stealing various sums of money running into thousands of Ghana cedis belonging to the company.

The practice, which could be traced from between 2016 and January 2018 is said to be running down the company.

Some Business Analysts have cautioned the phenomenon if not handled properly by the legal regime in the country could erode investor confidence in the economy hence leaving the country for elsewhere thereby worsening the unemployment situation.

Theft Cases

A former employee of the company, Derrick Karikari, 23 years, who was employed on March 3, 2017 as a Bouncer (Security) is alleged to have stolen an amount of GH₵5,500 from the company’s safe and bolted.

The company, according to our investigations lodged a formal complaint at the Tesano Police Station but the culprit was yet to be arrested.

The second alleged theft case involves 27 years old Tabitha Ayiribihene who was employed as an Operator (sold credit points for the company) on May 23, 2017.

Ayiribihene is alleged to have stolen an amount of GH₵13,000 and bolted and efforts by the Mile 7 Police here in Accra to apprehend the suspect have proved futile.

Another Operator with the company, Philomena Aggrey 21 years old, employed on September 7, 2017 is reported to have connived with customers of Ritzio Ghana to issue out scratch cards to them without taking money on December 15, 2017.

The practice is said to have made the company to lose over GH₵3,000 and attempt by her employers to retrieve the said money through civil procedure has not materialized.

Thirty year-old Daniel Dzikunu who was employed by the company on June 1, 2016 as a Counter (made payments to the company’s various operating joints) is also alleged to have bolted with an amount of GH₵10,000 belonging to Ritzio on January 12, 2018.

The company lodged a formal complaint at the Osu Police Station and the Police, according to our investigations sent a wireless report to all of its affiliates but no arrest has so far been made as the suspect is at large.

Police Response

News Ghana investigations has proven the Police were yet to arrest any of the suspects.

Sergeant Bashiru Abukari of the Osu District Police told News Ghana they have intensified their search to get the suspect arrested.

He appealed to the complainant to furnish his outfit with the picture of the suspect to help them in their search.

A Criminal Investigations (CID) Officer handling one of the cases who spoke on anonymity said they were still searching to arrest the suspect.

Impact on Ritzio

Legal Officer for Ritzio Ghana, Ms. Cynthia Amoah expressed grave concern about the happenings in the company stressing on the financial losses being incurred.

She said, “The company is losing so much and not making any gain…it is affecting the company financially and you know these are foreign investors… I don’t know how long they can continue this. One day, the inevitable is going to happen. They are going to pack their bag and baggage and leave and we all know the consequences. If not for anything, we have employed over hundred people.

With the police, every investor wants an assurance that when something criminal is being done to a company, the police will intensify their activities that will be an assurance that even if civil wise I can’t chase the people for my money, I can go after them under the criminal law.”

The Legal Officer urged Ghanaians to develop positive attitude towards foreign investors in the country.

Management’s Plea

Ms. Amoah hinted the company would soon initiate an investigation to find out why the practice keeps recurring.

She commended the Police for the work done so far but appealed to them to be proactive so as to bring the alleged suspects to book.

The swift response of the Police in such situations she emphasized would go a long way to save several investments in the country.

About Ritzio Ghana

Ritzio Ghana operates in the entertainment industry in the country and operates a chain of gaming clubs and casinos, bars, night clubs and entertainment parks.

The company is registered with the Gaming Commission of Ghana and has a number of slot houses currently operating in Accra with about 95% of the employees being Ghanaians. Enditem

By Francis Tandoh/Newsghana.com.gh

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