Ghana has embarked on vigorous registration of Ghanaians via National Identity card( Ghana card) by National Identification Authority(NIA0 since 15th September 2017. However, the Medina District Court has sentenced a Nigerian, Derick Armstrong to four months imprisonment for faking nationality with the intent to register for Ghana card.
According to our sources, Derick Armstrong a resident at Lapaz-Accra shockingly had in his possession Ghanaian Passport and birth certificates as part of eligibility criteria, however, upon NIA official interview with him gave cause to suspect that he is a Nigerian and they handed him to Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
Upon further investigations his biological parents were found to be Nigerians and was arraigned before Madina District Court where he was sentenced to 4 months for having in his possession forged documents contrary to section 166 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960(Act 29) and defrauding by false pretence; contrary to section 13(1) (32) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960(Act 29) and deceiving a public official contrary to section 251 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).
The Head of NIA, Prof. Attafuah announced that Ghana card will include TIN and SNNIT numbers and so Ghana Card has become an essential requirements for Ghanaian identity especially those who are eighteen years and above.