IMMIGRATION and Police have arrested a Zambian for forging immigrations documents.

Immigration Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka named the Zambian as Keener Njobvu (43), believed to be a resident of Kabwata and was apprehended in Kabwata with the help of Zambia Police after seven forged employment permit approval letters were traced back to him.

According to Namati, the joint investigations revealed that six forged employment permit approval letters, including one for a Chinese national who was intercepted at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport when he presented it, had been forged by Njobvu.

Nshinka said the suspect is currently detained pending prosecution.

And Nshinka disclosed that over 37 people have been arrested by the Department of Immigration for various immigration offences countrywide between 20th and 23rdAugust, 2018.

Among the 37 arrested for Congolese, Bangladeshi, Tanzanian, Malawian, South African, Ugandan, Burundese, Namibian and Malawian nationals for offenses ranging from unlawful entry, using fake passports, unlawful stay, working without permits and concealing true identity.

Two Congolese Refugees were arrested in Lusaka and another in Kapiri Mposhi for being outside a refugee settlement without authority, while In Mongu, one Congolese refugee was convicted for being outside a refugee settlement without authority.

Nshinka said one Zambian and one Lebanese in Lusaka and another Zambian in Kitwe were arrested for obstruction.

“During this period, the Department also secured the conviction of 16 persons for various offences. The convicts of Malawian, Congolese, Zimbabwean and Burundese received fines of between K 260 and K 4,000 or in default between 1 and 6 months imprisonment,” said Nshinka. “The Immigration Department between 20th and 23rd August, 2018 refused entry to eight foreign nationals for not meeting entry requirements and removed five (05) illegal immigrants from the country.”

Nshinka warned that the department had invested in highly trained immigration Officers and usage of modern technology to identify false documents and prevent the issuance of permits and visas to undeserving persons.

He urged Zambians and foreign nationals to desist from attempting to circumvent the law as they will face serious consequences.

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