LNP Confirms Arrest of Passport Director, Nigerian National in Passport Scandal

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberia National Police has confirmed the arrest of Andrew Wonplo, director of passport at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, along with a Nigerian national identified as Adedoyin Emmanuel Atiroko in a passport scandal.

A police press statement dated Wednesday, August 14 said the two suspects were arrested on August 11 after a tipoff by state security that Wonplo was involved in a scandal at the passport division.

The press statement said preliminary investigative findings revealed that the suspect, Atiroko, had been conniving with the passport director to issue Liberian passports to foreign nationals under a dubious company named Heaven Company Limited and Travel Consultants, operated by the Nigerian national.

“Receipts valued at over thousands of U.S. dollars were also uncovered from preliminary findings,” the statement explained.

The two suspects are said to be in police custody while investigations continue.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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