- Mr. George Boakye is one of four MPs currently accused of perpetrating visa fraud
- Mr. Boakye says he was unaware of his daughter's plans to abscond and overstay her visa
- Out of the four parliamentarians, Mr. Boakye is the only one who's not a current Member of Parliament
Mr. George Boakye, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Asunafo South Constituency, has said that the reason for his implication in the recent visa fraud scandal wasn't his fault.
According to the former Asunafo South Legislator, his 37 year old daughter allegedly tricked him into taking her with him to London on the pretext of going to see her uncle only to later abscond once they reached their London destination.
Mr. Boakye confessed that although he was well aware that not reporting her disappearance to the proper authorities was irresponsible of him, he said he did not do so because he was afraid his daughter would face incarceration.
Out of four MPs accused by the UK High Commissioner to Ghana. Mr. Boakye is the only one who is not a sitting Member of Parliament.
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Speaking to Citi News in an interview on Thursday, April 27th, Mr. Boakye related that he "lost contact" with his daughter after she aleggedly left the residence where she had gone to visit her uncle.
“She managed to trick me into believing that she wanted to go and visit her uncle. Not knowing, she had a prior arrangement with her boyfriend with the promise that the boyfriend would be able to regularize her stay for her. At the time that I was coming and she hadn’t come, I left a message and a return ticket with the hope that it should be given to my daughter anytime she returns, and I left.
To be very honest, I lost contact with her because she knew me to be a very strict person and for that matter if I got the information that she was there with a man, she wouldn’t find it lightly.”
According to Mr. Boakye, he himself had gone to London in order to visit an unnamed friend of his. He only decided to take his daughter along on the trip because she said she had wanted to "look at London".
“I was going to [London] to visit a friend and she said she wanted she wanted to go with me, to have a look at London. She was 37 at the time we got the visa, but now she is 41.”
Mr. Boakye said that his mistake was that he did not take the telephone number and address of the uncle his daughter had gone to visit, adding that that was how she managed to "get her way out". He related that later on as he realized that the daughter wasn't showing up, he tried to search for her but was unsuccessful. Before he returned to Ghana, he says he asked his host to look for her also, something his host was also unable to do.
"So about a week later when I realized wasn’t coming, I became apprehensive and told my host to look around and find out if she [the host] would be able to trace her. We tried our best but we couldn’t trace her.”
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