Nigerian who was arrested for trying to register Ghana card gets four months imprisonment by the Madina District Court.

The culprit, a Nigerian resident at Lapaz, a suburb of Accra, Derick Armstrong falsely represented himself as a Ghanaian in an effort to register for a Ghana Card contrary to law.

He carried a Ghanaian passport, a Ghanaian birth certificate, and other registration requirements and claimed to be a Ghanaian and was eligible for a Ghana Card at the Premium Registration Centre established at the Headquarters of the National Identification Authority (NIA).

He was further arrested by the police during an interview by the NIA registration officials who suspected him of being a Nigerian.

Despite the suspect’s initial claim that both his father and mother were Ghanaians, investigations later established that the parents were Nigerians.

He was arraigned before the Madina District Court and charged for possession of 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).

His other count was deceiving a public officer contrary to section 251 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).

At the end of the trial, the accused was found guilty on all counts, and after a plea of leniency by a friend of the court (a lawyer), the Presiding Judge sentenced the accused to a cumulative jail term of four months to run concurrently, and to be served at the Ankaful Prisons.

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