Fact Check: No Nigerians was arrested in connection to printing fake cedis - GIS

Fact Check: No Nigerians was arrested in connection to printing fake cedis - GIS

Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that a short video clip allegedly showing the printing of counterfeit Ghana cedi notes which was widely shared on social media was false.

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According to research conducted by the GhanaFact.com, the source of the video clip currently remains unknown.

As to whether or not it was staged or it truly depicts the printing of counterfeit cedi notes, YEN.com.gh cannot independently verify.

Speaking in an interview with GhanaFact, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Immigration Service Micheal Amoako-Atta stated that there was no connection between a swoop they conducted on illegal immigrants in Ghana sometime last year and the alleged printing of counterfeit 20-cedi notes.

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“These were illegal immigrants who were here illegally and did not have work permit. Most of them didn’t have passports. It [The arrests] has nothing to do with the part where you see someone printing counterfeit. No!” Amoako-Atta stated.

The video earlier suggested that officers from Ghana Immigration Service clamped down on some Nigerians for printing counterfeit cedi notes.

An unidentified hand could be seen putting some white papers cut in the size and shape of the Ghana currency into a machine in one end and eventually the machine ejects counterfeit 20 Ghana cedi notes.

However, in May 2019 the Kasoa Divisional Police Command in the Central Region arrested two persons, for their alleged involvement in printing fake currencies according to a report filed by Citinewsroom.com.

The third suspect Steven Boahene is on the run.

A printing machine, pieces of papers suspected to be used in printing the fake currencies and some toners were retrieved from the suspects’ hideout. But it is unclear whether those were the equipment seen in the viral video.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has described as worrisome the reported mass arrest and deportation of Nigerians from Ghana.

This was made known in a statement by the senior special assistant to the president of Nigeria on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

The statement said they had taken notice of renewed harassment, arrest and deportation of hundreds of Nigerians from Ghana.

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