Ghana Card officers BUSTED in Awudome for illegal registration. The police upon a tip-off have arrested some officers of the National Identification Authority (NIA) who were alleged to be registering people for the Ghana card at night against the rules of engagement which required them to close at 5:00 pm.
They were captured in a private residence near the St Theresa Catholic Church at Awudome in Accra at about 30 minutes past 7 pm on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
The vigilant residence of the area were the first to follow a tip-off and caught the officers of the NIA registering persons outside the approved working hours in Accra.
The Mass Registration started in Accra on the 29th of April and is expected to continue until July 6 when the Accra registrations would end and pave way for the next region.
Currently, Accra West and Accra East zones are undergoing the registration exercise to ensure qualified applicants get registered for the Ghana Card.
The residence who pounced on the NIA officials and the machine took them to the Kaneshie Police Station where they lodged a complaint. The Ghana Police Service according to sources, visited the house where the registration was alleged to be taking place at the unholy hour to carry out their investigations.
At about 10:10 pm on Tuesday evening, about three hours after the incident was reported, the Graphic online visited the police station in Kaneshie. The equipment used for the Ghana Card registration thus laptop, a fingerprint machine, a camera, and registration forms were seen in the custody of the Ghana Police. Some of the forms were also halfway completed with details of persons who might have been registering that evening.
Statements were taken from complainants but no suspect was in custody. According to Graphic Online, the laptops were turned on and the software for registering was active.
The complainants said they had received information that people were being registered late in the night and decided to lay ambush to see things for themselves. Lo and behold, they alleged they saw about 30 people in a queue waiting to be registered.
They went into the house, disrupted the registration exercise and seized the equipment and materials then logged an official report at the Kaneshie Police Station.
The police officer in charge of the case, declined to speak and efforts to get the NIA officials to comment on the incident proved futile. Newsghana24 will update you on the story as it unfolds.