- Police personnel have reportedly confronted and freed fraudsters in the grips of immigration officers
- They were arrested upon a tip off on their activities
Some armed police personnel physically and verbally confronted some personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service who had arrested suspected internet fraudsters, known in the local parlance as ‘sakawa boys’.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on CitiNews, the police freed the suspects after taking custody of them and their laptops from the immigration officers.
The incident occurred at the Sakaman Junction, a suburb of Accra on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
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The PRO of the Immigration Service, SP Michael Amoako Atta, who confirmed the incident to Citi News said around 8:30am, their officers based on the Weija Command embarked on an operation at a residential apartment at McCarthy Hill.
He further explained that upon reaching the premises, they were able to arrest four out of the seven suspects, as the remaining three managed to escape.
SP Amoako disclosed that some armed police officers from the Odorkor Police station pulled a surprise on the immigration officers and intercepted them on their way to the Immigration Headquarters with the suspects.
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The Policemen forcibly freed the suspects, took the seized laptops and reportedly drove off. But this was not without verbal and physical exchanges publicly between the two law enforcement agencies.
SP Amoako further alleged that the police’s intervention was after one of the suspected internet fraudsters called a police officer on phone.
Three of the four suspects were later returned to the Immigration Service headquarters as investigations continue into the matter.
The PRO noted, the hierarchy of the Police Service and the Immigration were in a meeting as to what steps to be taken to unravel circumstances that led to police interfering in the work of the immigration.
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