Ugandan authorities have cancelled 28 visas belonging to Nigerians over links with criminal activities in the East African country.
Reports from Uganda suggests the 28 visas were linked to four Nigerians – Joachim Onyeeakor Ugochukwu, Sunday Osiora, David Onyedeka and Lykesam Agordi Madu – who were arrested on suspicion of masterminding a kidnapping ring whose main targets were foreign investors.
Authorities claimed the visas belonged to Nigerians who reportedly entered Uganda a year ago claiming to be research students.
Those kidnapped included investors Robert Mullahar, an American national and Robert James, an Australian national.
Police Deputy Spokesman, Patrick Onyango, alleged that forged signatures of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and other fake government documents and agreements, purportedly awarding contracts in the oil and gas sector, were found on the suspects at thetime of arrest. Counterfeited currencies were also found in their possession.
He said the signatures and oil agreements may have been used to award fake oil contracts.
“They have a big network of cells operating inUganda, Democratic Republic Congo, Kenya and Liberia that lure foreigners into sham deals,” he said. “They lure the businessmen into the country using forged documents andlater kidnap them, demanding ransom beforereleasing them.”
Onyango said the Nigerians are suspects in the kidnap of an Australian last month and anAmerican businessman on August 13.