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Police in Ashanti arrest five persons for alleged NIA Registration offences

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The Ghana Police Service has arrested five persons for allegedly engaging in various registration offences and malpractices during the mass registration for Ghana Card by the NIA.

The arrests, which occurred between the 3rd and 6th of January were the result of collaboration between NIA and some aggrieved citizen in the Ashanti Region who provided to NIA relevant incriminating evidence on the conduct of the suspects and also identified them to the Police.

A statement signed by the Head of Corporate Affairs of the NIA Francis Palmdeti stated that all the suspects have been granted Police enquiry bail and will be assisting the Police in investigations. Here is a news desk report.

The suspects are Kenneth Sarfo Boateng, Ransford Omane Osei, De-graft Osei Mensah, Emmanuel Edusei Poku, and Kwabena Dan, a resident of Nyinampong. All the suspects have been granted Police enquiry bail and will be assisting the Police in investigations.

Meanwhile, Management of the NIA says it is satisfied, following administrative procedures, that the conduct of its aforesaid registration officials is in breach of the relevant provisions of the Public Service Code of Conduct. Management has further determined the said conduct also constitutes an egregious violation of applicable internal rules and regulations governing the conduct of NIA registration officials.

The NIA cautions  the public that any registration outside a designated/gazetted registration centre constitutes an offense, No registration (form filling or biometric data capture) is permitted beyond 5pm, Registration for the Ghana Card at a mass registration centre or an NIA Office or other designated premises is free of charge to every Ghanaian citizen who registers for the Ghana card for the first time.

This excludes premium and institutional registrations as governed by the Fees and Charges Act, Any claim that an NIA registration centre has run out of registration materials such as Registration Form or Oath of Identity Form can only be false, Any claim that “forms are finished” is only a hoax designed to create artificial shortage to aid the enterprise of extorting monies from applicants, No person is allowed to carry away from a registration centre a blank or completed Registration Form or Oath of Identity Form, unless the entire registration process is complete and the Ghana Card issued to the applicant or only the issuance of the card remains.

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