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Audio on alleged arrest of govt official with £26m fake – Nat’l Cyber Security Centre

The National Cyber Security Centre(NCSC) has described as fake an audio in circulation claiming a Ghanaian government official has been arrested laundering £26m into the United Kingdom(UK).

The fake audiotape which purports to be an international news broadcast has gone viral on social media.

But a statement issued by the Centre, stated that its forensic analysis revealed that the audio was computer-generated using available technologies for fictitious audio-visual creation and manipulation.

The Centre said it is working with the Police CID and other security agencies to identify the sources of this and other false materials being generated and bring them to book.

It further reminded the public that production of such information is a crime under Section 115 of the Electronic Transaction Act, 2008(Act 772) and Section 159 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960(Act 29). Circulation of such fictitious content breaches the law under Section 76 of the Electronic Communications Act.

Meanwhile, Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has rubbished reports that a government official has been arrested with 26 million pounds in the UK.

Additionally, it is also untrue that UK authorities have intercepted a haul of cash from Ghana to the UK.

Speaking on Takoradi based Skyy Power FM on Monday, the Minister accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of fabricating the news as part of their planned propaganda ahead of the December polls.

According to him, as the country draws closer to the December polls, the opposition NDC will deploy all manner of propaganda tools in a desperate bid to sway voters pointing to the substantive matter as one of such propaganda techniques.

“No government official has been arrested in the UK. It is a total fabrication and we are clear in our minds that it is a fabrication by the NDC and it is part of their strategy for these last eight weeks where they will churning out a lot of fabrication, lies, and fake audiotapes. We are clear in our minds that it is the NDC for one or two reasons. The first person to articulate it publicly is the Honorable Inusah Fusieni, an NDC Member of Parliament…

“They are the ones who are championing it and articulating it on their online media platforms including Radio Gold online. And now you can also find that there is a fake audiotape that purports to be international news broadcast on it which is being circulated since last night,” he said.

He said the strategy is similar to the one deployed by the NDC weeks before the 2008 general elections and has been part of their propaganda architecture, especially in election years.

However, the Minister called on the media and the general public to ignore such fabrication and most importantly be on the lookout for similar fabrication in the future from the NDC as the two major political parties in the country battle for votes.

“We are calling on first of all the media and the general Ghanaian public to not fall for this fabrication and fake doctored or cooked up tapes that they are going to be churning out in the next eight weeks as we get ready for the elections,” he added.

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