Six Ghanaians Arrested in Frankfurt and Accra Over Passport Fraud

Arrested  cuffSix Ghanaians including a retired military officer and a contract member of staff of the National Security have been arrested in Accra and Frankfurt, Germany, for their alleged involvement in the procurement of Ghanaian passports.

Mark Marcus Quaye, a contract member of staff of the National Security whose contract expires on December 31, 2015, is alleged to have connived with a retired military officer, Godfred Adu Mensah, popularly known as ‘Shooter,’ to act as a middleman for individuals seeking to acquire passports.

According to sources at the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the illegal activities of Quaye and his accomplices were uncovered by the BNI following the arrest of six Ghanaians in Frankfurt, Germany, this week, in connection with the passport deals.

Five of the Ghanaians arrested in Frankfurt were carrying Ghanaian service passports, while their leader, Francis Kwame Opare, was carrying a diplomatic passport.

Close scrutiny of his diplomatic passport, The General Telegraph gathered, revealed that information on the bio-data page was false but the passport booklet was a genuine one.

Opare was arrested by German security officials after they received reports that he was trafficking five Ghanaians into the country.

He was detained and it came out during interrogation that he acquired the diplomatic passport through Quaye, who was consequently arrested but he denied wrongdoing. He claimed he was a national security operative.

The retired military officer who is also alleged to be an activist of the National Democratic Congress, allegedly confessed to help people acquire Ghanaian passports in order to earn a living.

The BNI sources said checks at the Passport Office in Accra revealed that Quaye and his accomplices were often able to enforce law and order at the Passport Office because of their claim that they worked with National Security.

Officials at BNI have however dismissed an allegation that Quaye until his arrest had been the head of the National Security at the Flagstaff House.

 

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Source: The General Telegraph

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