A Nigerian citizen and a resident of Lapaz, Derick Armstrong has been sentenced to 4 months imprisonment by a Madina District Court for falsely representing himself as a Ghanaian in an effort to register for Ghana Card.
Derick Armstrong’s crime which goes contrary to the law of the Republic of Ghana took place at the Premium Registration Centre established at the Headquarters of the National Identification Authority (NIA).
“Carrying a Ghanaian passport, a Ghanaian birth certificate, and other registration requirements, Armstrong claimed he was a Ghanaian, and hence eligible for the Ghana Card,” NIA stated in a statement.
The District Court after the Nigerian pleaded guilty sentenced him to a cumulative jail term of four months to run concurrently and to be served at the Ankaful Prisons.
He was charged with the following counts: Possession of forged documents, Defrauding by False Pretense, and Deceiving Public Officer.
The Madina court further ordered the complainant to request a court order, in order to ensure the physical destruction and deletion of the documents in his possession from the individual organizations’ databases.
The National Identification Authority following the jail term of Derick Armstrong has said any foreigner who tries to register for the Ghana Card meant for Ghanaian citizens only shall be arrested and duly prosecuted.