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Cameroon:Policemen accused of passport fraud to appear in court

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A group of policemen suspected of defrauding passport applicants are expected to appear at the Magistrate’s Court in Yaounde to answer charges brought before them.

The policemen and another civilian-their accomplice-were apprehended on February 20 in their attempt to extort ehorbitant sums from a Cameroonian student who had returned from Canada to renew his passport.

The victim, reported to the Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele who immediately ordered for an investigation.

This led to the arrest of Angoa George Emmanuel, First Grade Police Constable,  Ngoh David Marlin who works at the frontier police and Senior Police Constable Olondo Estelle Nadia working at the 5th District public security Police Station.

According to reports, they have been extorting as high as FCFA 400,000 from usings promising to help them establish express passports.

The Police Superintendant who investigated the case, Vincent de Paul Meva said the Delegate General of National Security has warned to go through the official procedures of establishing a passport. He said those caught giving or receiving more than the due fare for the production of passports will be severely punished.

He added that a toll free number 1550 has since been opened for users to call and have information regarding the production of their passports or National Identify Card.

According to articled 318 (1) c, the suspects risks an imprisonment of five to ten years and with a fine of between one hundred thousand and one million CFAF.

Published on 10.02.2021

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