An Islamic non-governmental organization in the Upper West Region, Noor Islam, has allegedly defrauded residents of Dorimon and Pase to the tune of GH¢ 20,000.00
Some of the victims who spoke exclusively to W93.5FM, alleged that officials from Noor Islam approached the community in 2014 with a proposal to drill boreholes for individual households. Interested persons were asked to make a cash deposit of GH¢1000.00 to benefit from the initiative. In all, Nine(9) persons are reported to have made payments to the organization’ s office in Wa.
Almost two years down the line, there has not been any effort by Noor Islam to fulfil their part of the bargain and all attempts to contact the office has proved futile.
A victim who identified himself as Angnoba said he paid the money because he is a Muslim and thus reckoned that an Islamic organization like Noor Islam was genuine. “It is therefore heart breaking to find out that I have been duped in the name of Islam” , he lamented.
Another victim by name Kofi blamed the “unwarranted media hype” enjoyed by Noor Islam as the reason he fell victim to the scam. “I have heard so much about these people on radio, about helping orphans and needy people so I didn’t hesitate to pay the money especially after finding out that a daughter from our community was an employee”, he painfully recounted.
Aside the victims of the borehole drilling scam, another group of residents accused the Islamic humanitarian organization of extorting their monies to the sum of GH¢8,125.00 under the pretext of sending 65 children outside the country for Islamic/Arabic education. The purported beneficiaries included orphans and children from deprived communities within the Dorimon traditional area. The Father of one of the children said an announcement at the Dorimon central mosque about the alleged opportunity , coupled with encouragement from the Chief Imam convinced him to enroll his son at a registration cost of GH¢125. A total of of 65 children had each paid the stated amount of money. ”Regrettably, This never saw the light of day; neither were our monies refunded nor any explanation given.”
To add fuel to the already burning fire was an all-women “susu” group who equally accused Noor Islam of swindling them to the aggregate tune of GH¢2090.00. According to the group, they were approached by one Mr Alhassan Iddris(who identified himself as the CEO of Noor Islam) in the company of a daughter from the community(then an employee of Mr Iddris) who persuaded them to pay GH¢110.00 each as membership registration and dues. As members, they were promised mouthwatering monthly packages from Noor Islam. However, Mr. Iddris has since disappeared after collecting monies from contributors and all efforts to reach him personally or on phone have proven futile.
Efforts by W93.5FM to reach officials of Noor Islam equally yielded no results. Checks at the Upper West regional library where the organization is said to be operating from have revealed that they vacated the premises almost a year ago. We were also directed to the Jamiat office in Wa but got no meaningful information from there. Several phone calls and an email to the numbers and address indicated on the receipt book have so far received no reply.
W93.5FM will follow up on this issue to ensure that the perpetrators are appropriately dealt with in accordance with the law, and the victims accordingly restituted.