Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Nigerian jailed 450 days for attempting to acquire Ghanaian passport

Nigerian jailed 450 days for attempting to acquire Ghanaian passport

Adolf Assenso, Chief Superintendent of Immigration, who was leading the prosecution, said the court that the accused was well known for his blatant disrespect for authority.

According to the prosecution’s account of the case, the accused, who is now a convicted criminal, was detained on January 4, 2023, at the Accra Passport Application Center at Tema Station in Accra.

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According to the report, Ghana Immigration Service officers suspected the accused was not a Ghanaian as he stated while he was going through the passport application procedure.

The prosecution also informed the court that the accused had previously been detained for the same offense on November 17, 2022, at the Premium Passport Application Center (Premium PAC), Circle Accra. This information was discovered at the National Enforcement Section.

According to the report, the accused was given service inquiry bail before being charged on December 8, 2022, with attempting to get a Ghanaian passport by a false declaration in violation of Section 52 of the Ghana Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573)

The accused was supposed to appear before the Kaneshie District Court One on December 2022 for prosecution, according to the prosecution, but he refused to show up.

It said accused person managed to outwit officials at the Birth and Death Registry and the National Identification Authority to obtain again the same Ghanaian birth certificate with entry number 1867 and a Ghana Card with personal ID number GHA-728134693-3 which he used in his earlier attempt  and which were in the custody of the Ghana Immigration Service. 

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