3 grabbed with fake visas

Three people are in the grips of the police for allegedly possessing fake visas and other travelling documents.

The suspects, Kofi Owusu 50, Emmanuel Odai (alias Ogyam) 61, and Kwaku Ameyaw, 51, all unemployed, and reported to operate as a syndicate, were arrested at Kaneshie and Mateheko in Accra.

Their mode of operation was to produce fake visas or steal passports and later sell them to customers between $500 and $5,000.Supects from left Emmanuel Odai,Kofi Owusu and Kwaku Ameyaw after their arrest by the Police.

They also endorse fake passports with stamps meant to be used by officials at the Passport Office.

The Director-General of the Criminal investigations Department (CID), Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor, told The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, that on 0ctober 24, personnel from the CID arrested Owusu at Kaneshie in Accra, and a search on him revealed one blank Ghanaian passport he was about to deliver to a buyer.

COP Agblor said a search in Owusu’s vehicle revealed three Ghanaian passports bearing other people’s names and the bio-data pages ripped off.

“One of the Passports contains a UK Visa and is suspected to have been stolen from the owner and meant to be sold to another person.” he said.

COP Agblor said Odai was also arrested at Mataheko in Accra, and a search at his shop revealed four stamps, which are used to cancel passports to indicate that a bearer of a passport had previously travelled on another passport.

COP Agblor said while the search was ongoing, Ameyaw showed up to have some passports stamped by Odai, and on seeing the police, Ameyaw took to his heels but was arrested by the police.

COP Agblor said investigations revealed that Odai embossed all kinds of forged stamps on travelling documents of his customers to portray that they had ever travelled to other Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS).

He said that the police have so far retrieved faked passports and stamps and advised prospective travelers to contact authourised embassies and organisations for their visas and passports.

 

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

 

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