Minority urges Speaker, IGP to probe fake Ghana card issue

Mr Iddrisu

Mr Iddrisu

The Minority in Parliament has urged the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) David Asante Apeatu to probe the fake Ghana Cards saga that rocked the Minority last week.

They want the IGP to invite Danquah Institute founder Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko and Presidential Staffer, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah “who were the source” of the fake cards to aid in the investigation.

They are to help the police determine the extent of the breach of the National Identification Authority (NIA) processes and to establish the full reach of criminality including the culpability or otherwise of the duo.

For the Speaker of Parliament, the minority would want him to commence an investigation into the apparent breach of parliamentary data and to determine the extent of breach.

These were contained in a statement issued by Haruna Iddrisu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South in the Northern Region and Minority Leader in Accra on Tuesday.

“The Minority will monitor the development in the next few days and take necessary remedial actions available guided by our legal jurisprudence to protect the interest of the affected members of the minority and all members as a whole,” it said.

Pictures of some “fake” Ghana Cards bearing the pictures and information of some Minority MPs including Muntaka Mubarak, Kwabena Mintah Akandor, James Agalga and Isaac Adongo popped up on social media over the weekend.

It is unclear the motive behind the circulation of the Card but believed to suggest the Minority MPs who boycotted the registration exercise two weeks, secretly  went to register for same.

The NIA on Monday denied secretly issuing the “fake” cards to any minority member, stating that features of the cards were not in conformity of the standards of the original cards.

But the Minority in its statement said the act posed danger for the sanctity of the data of MPs and gave valid credibility to the already stated position of the Minority that the current NIA process was fraught with security challenges.

It said the Minority was more concerned that this apparent breach of NIA systems appeared to be state sponsored.

“This apparent state sanctioned breach of the NIA processes should be a major worry for any well-meaning citizen,” the statement said.

The Minority MPs have boycotted the exercise by NIA in a bid to compel the Authority to accept voters’ ID as a primary document for registering for the card.

By Times Reporter

 

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