By Lennart Dodoo
MONROVIA – Liberia’s Passport Director, Andrew D. Wonploe, Sr., has been arrested and undergoing investigation at the National Security Agency (NSA) for his alleged involvement with multiple illegal sales of Liberian passports to foreign nationals, FrontPageAfrica has gathered.
FrontPageAfrica gathered from an impeccable source at the NSA that Wonploe was picked up from his residence on Sunday, August 11, by NSA agents on the order of President George Weah.
Though the NSA source declined to give further details on the arrest and ongoing investigation, he confided to FPA that “It was the President who ordered his arrest. He was caught red-handed. This guy has been selling hundreds of Liberian passports to foreigners including Nigerians, Koreans and others.”
Details on his alleged crime remains scanty, however, FPA was informed that President Weah ordered his arrest after receiving multiple complaints and hard pieces of evidence showing the illegal acts his Passport Director had been allegedly involved with.
FrontPageAfrica was further informed that a huge number of passport booklets illegally purchased from Wonploe were presented to President Weah as evidence of his continued illegal transactions with foreigners at the detriments of Liberians seeking passports.
Wonploe allegedly designed a plan to hoard passport booklets for his lucrative illegal venture.
On Monday, several applicants whose passports are overdue despite paying US$100 for expedited service were at the Passport Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressing their disenchantment over the manner in which their travels were being delayed.
The regular fee for a Liberian passport is US$50 and the applicant is supposed to receive the booklet within five working days after the verification process while US$100 is charged for an expedited service (one day).
According to reports from the Passport Division, Foreign Minister Gbehzongar Findley with a worried look on his face on Monday, pleaded with angry applicants to remain patient, saying “I am Minister Gbehzongar Findley and I am your new Passport Director. Do not worry; you all will get your passport.”
Applicants whose booklets had been pending for several weeks, some for months began receiving their passports on Tuesday, FPA gathered.
FrontPageAfrica witnessed tension at the Passport Division on Tuesday with several applicants raining invective, openly, on the government for its failure to ensure that its citizens receive their passports on time.
Source Front Page Africa.