NIA staff suspected of Ghana card fraud on police bail

The  staff of the National Identification Authority (NIA),Timothy Wuni who was arrested for attempting to register two Nigeriens to obtain Ghana cards in the ongoing registration exercise was yesterday granted police enquiry bail to a sum of GH¢10,000 with two sureties.

The Kaneshie Divisional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Edward Faakyi-Kumi told the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.

He said the Commissioner of Oath at the Presbyterian Registration Centre, Wisdom Narh Chartey, 25 has also been arrested for allegedly signing the documents of the Nigeriens.

The Commander said efforts were also being made to apprehend the two Nigeriens. 

It would be recalled that in the Ghanaian Times May 8 issue Timothy Wuni, 26, a data input officer of the NIA at Abossey Okai Central Mosque registration centre was reported to have taken GH¢60 from a former staff to assist in the registration of Alhassan Abdul Samed and Abubakar Ruali.

On May 6, this year during the registration exercise, Wuni was spotted by his supervisor (name withheld trying to enter onto the NIA system the names of Samed and Ruali, suspected to be Nigeriens.

Upon interrogation the two applicants bolted, but Wuni was apprehended.

During interrogation, Wuni stated that one Moro, a former staff offered him GH¢60 and referred the applicants to him to assist in their registration of the Ghana cards for them.

Two separately filled national identification forms with particulars of the Nigeriens were currently with police.

The Ghanaian Times in the April 26 issue reported that the NIA was targeting to register 85 per cent of citizens aged 15 years and above from April 29 to March 31 next year as it rolls out its mass registration exercise of the Ghana Card.

Under the laws of Ghana, foreigners are not to obtain the cards.


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