- Despite the ban on social gatherings, the National Identification Authority(NIA) is still registering people for the Ghana card
- The registration exercise is still ongoing in certain parts of the Eastern Region
- An official was arrested for illegally registering people in the night
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An officer of the National Identification Authority (NIA) is in the custody of the Suhum Police for illegally registering applicants Thursday night, March 19, 2020.
According to a report filed by GraphicOnline, the 37-year-old suspect, Richard Kudjo Pinto, was apprehended around 8:30 pm at the Adarkwa Station.
The teacher by day and NIA official by night was arrested with official documents of the NIA.
The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, said the suspect claimed he decided to document the particulars of some participants who were unable to do so during the day in order to facilitate their registration the next day.
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DSP Tetteh said the suspect is in their custody with the hope of arresting the other accomplices who have just been identified by name.
The ongoing mass registration exercise by the NIA despite the Presidential directives in the wake of coronavirus has come under strong criticisms by some Ghanaians and Associations.
The Ghana Medical Association(GMA) and the Commission on Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ) have all urged the NIA to suspend the exercise.
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YEN.com.gh earlier reported that despite the ban on social gatherings, the National Identification Authority is still registering people for the Ghana card.
In a Twitter post sighted by YEN.com.gh, the registration was still ongoing in certain parts of the Eastern Region.
Applicants are believed to be the most vulnerable because all of them would eventually end up using the same device to scan their fingers.
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