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Ghanaian PhD student sacked from Stirling University Maxwell Nelson Acquah arrested by INTERPOL for alleged fraud

A Ghanaian student leader at Stirling University in the UK, Maxwell Nelson Acquah who was forced to resign from office and withdrawn from his PhD studies is currently on detention at the Airport by INTERPOL for serial investment and other fraud running into thousands of Pounds Sterling and Cedis.

Mr. Nelson Acquah who is a PhD student was forced by Stirling University to resign as Students Union President barely two months into office after he was historically elected as the first-ever black President of the union over allegations of fraud one of which has led to his detention at the airport.

Some of his victims who were his colleague Ghanaian students studying with him in the UK said several attempts to get him arrested earlier to pay them their monies had proven futile after he lured them to “invest” with him.

These victims did not only report to Stirling University where he has been withdrawn, they also contacted law enforcement officials in both Ghana and the United Kingdom.

His woes started after some of the victims reported him to his University’s management for taking their monies running into thousands of Pounds Sterling by deceiving them into a Pig Farming and Vegetable investment scheme with the promise of returns.

While carrying himself out as a pig farmer inviting his friends studying with him to invest with him, Police investigations believe he has been living off such dubious schemes for years, after pictures of him in handcuff at KNUST was shared by one of his victims who got him arrested in the early days of his schemes. Had his latest victims conducted basic duel diligence, they wouldn’t have fallen victims.

After taking a victim’s money for the supposed Pig Farm investment, as part of his modus operandi, Maxwell Nelson Acquah would usually cut ties with his victims after a while by blocking them through all possible channels of reaching him.

In the case of one victim, after Nelson Acquah evaded arrest and refused to answer several calls and messages, the victim lodged a police complaint.

Upon a tip-off that he (Nelson Acquah) was in Ghana to marry his current wife (whose details are withheld for now) armed police detectives ambushed and arrested him at his wedding in a surburb of Adenta. Knowing his victims could come after him, Nelson Acquah had allegedly publicized different locations for the marriage to mislead police but police detectives used the wife-to-be’s network to locate the venue and surrounded it waiting for his arrival.

He was however granted the grace of not being handcuffed in front of his loved ones.

Mr. Nelson Acquah’s attempt to leave the country without notifying law enforcement in line with his bail is why he has been detained by INTERPOL and Immigration after the warrant which declared him wanted was placed with them earlier.

After one of his victims, whose report to Stirling University led to Maxwell Nelson Acquah’s resignation and sacking, more victims have since come forward and lodged various reports to police at Odorkor, Kofordua, Taifa and Airport Police Stations.

As at press time today, he remains in INTERPOL and Police Immigration custody inside the Kotoka International Airport with more victims showing up to worsen his woes.

Before his attempt to bolt from the country via Kotoka, the KNUST alumnus, Nelson Acquah had entered into a payment plan with one of his victims but reneged on same while neglecting all other victims.

In the case of one of his victims Mr. Nelson Acquah took in excess of £12,000 as an investment in a shoe deal that turned out to be another scheme, which amount he failed to refund after threatening his victim for speaking out in a WhatsApp group.

Back in Ghana, Maxwell Nelson Acquah has since started advertising his Pig Farming “success story” once again which police detectives believe is another ultimate bid to lure his next batch of victims as he plots to bolt out of the country.

At the time, despite being on a fully funded PhD Scholarship at Stirling University, Mr. Nelson Acquah has reportedly taken several thousands of Pounds from his fellow students, some under the promise of offering them admissions to the University as was the case of one of his victims for whom he forged a Manchester University Letter offering Admission.

On his PhD withdrawal and sack from Stirling University, the school’s management believes what Maxwell Nelson Acquah did was not only a violation of the University codes and the terms of his PhD Scholarship, it was also a violation of the terms and conditions of his visa to the UK and consequently, the Home Office had been expected to take steps to bar him from the country, for at least, 5 years.

It is unclear the basis he was on enroute to UK again.

Rated as extremely brilliant, Mr. Nelson Acquah was elected as the first Black President of the University of Stirling Student Union in what many expected was an assured road to greatness.

However, barely two months after the euphoria of his victory, he was forced to resign after holding office for only two months.

Officially, no reasons were given for the resignation.

In a statement on the Union website, it was said that Acquah cited personal reasons for his resignation.

The “personal reasons” was the exposed investment scams and the report made to the University which eventually cost him his PhD studentship.

As the first black student leader President of the University, Maxwell Nelson Acquah was elected in a surprise election result; he beat Charlene Schikler, Ryan Peteranna, and Georgia Laverick in the presidential race.

How Maxwell Nelson Acquah conducted himself in the UK university before being brought back to Ghana has reportedly affected the chances of blacks to rise to that level.

More soon…

An old arrest photo. Airport INTERPOL however refused to allow his photo taken in detention
One of the earliest victims took to social media to vent.


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