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Ibrahim Mahama's passport has not been seized - Sam George

Ibrahim Mahama's passport has not been seized - Sam George

A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Mr Sam George Nartey has explained that media reports claiming that the passport of businessman, Ibrahim Mahama has been seized by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) was untrue.

According to him, someone in the person of Ibrahim Mahama was not a flight risk to warrant EOCO seizing his passport.

"Someone who owns a cement factory and owns the kind of businesses that he owns in this country cannot be deemed to be a flight risk and so we should stop this sensationalism," the legislator said in a radio interview on Class FM Friday afternoon.

Mr Mahama, owner of the construction company, Engineers & Planners, and a brother of former President John Mahama was meeting EOCO on Friday for the third time this week.

The meeting followed an invitation to answer questions on a number of cheques he is alleged to have issued to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in 2016 to pay for import duties on construction equipment.

He first met the anti-corruption agency on Tuesday in relation to an ongoing probe over the cheques.

There were media reports suggesting that his passport had been seized by EOCO to prevent him from travelling outside of Ghana whilst investigations continue.

EOCO was yet to officially make public what they were looking into but Graphic Online gathers it is in relation to the cheques.

In the radio interview, Mr George said: “another falsehood that has been put out there and has to be corrected is that Ibrahim’s passport has not been seized. As I speak to you he is in possession of his passport."

"When he went to EOCO on Wednesday, EOCO made a copy of the data page of his passport, his passport is still in his possession. Ibrahim is not a flight risk, someone who owns a cement factory and owns the kind of businesses that he owns in this country cannot be deemed to be a flight risk and so we should stop this sensationalism," he said.

Supporters of the businessman were massing up at the offices of EOCO in Accra, ostensibly to show solidarity following the invitation.

Read also: Ibrahim Mahama's supporters mass up at EOCO

Writer's email: enoch.frimpong@graphic.com.gh

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