The Offinso Circuit Court presided over by His Lordship Frederick Kwabena Twumasi has
convicted a Nigerian citizen Justin Jeff Manu for falsely representing himself as a Ghanaian
in order to acquire a Ghana Card contrary to law. His accomplice, a Ghanaian, Mary Fowaa
has also been convicted.

On Thursday, 24th March 2022, Mary Fowaa went to the NIA District Office in Offinso
South to vouch for Justin Jeff Yaw Manu. According to Mary Fowaa, Justin Jeff Yaw Manu
is one of her three children she gave birth to whilst living in Nigeria. In the course of the
interview, the Assistant Registration Officer at the Offinso South District Office of the NIA
noticed some discrepancies in Justin Jeff Yaw Manu’s answers and suspected he was not a
Ghanaian. Upon further interrogation at the NIA District Office, Justin admitted that he was
not a Ghanaian.

NIA officials in the District brought this to the attention of the District Police who have
investigated and prosecuted the offence. On Thursday, 7th April 2022, they were arraigned
before the Offinso Circuit Court and were both convicted to one-year jail term or 200 penalty
The NIA wishes to commend the CID of the Ghana Police Service in the Offinso South
District in Ashanti Region for the swift and efficient manner the offence was investigated and prosecuted.

NIA continues to reiterate that any foreign national, legally resident in Ghana, and with a
valid resident permit can register for the Non-Citizen Card which is issued at various
designated centers across the country including the NIA Headquarters.
NIA also wishes to caution that any foreigner who tries to register for the Ghana Card (Card
meant for citizens only) shall be arrested and duly prosecuted.

Dr. Abudu Abdul-Ganiyu
Ag Head, Corporate Affairs

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