Monday, September 26, 2022

GIS waged war against fake Ghanaians

 The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has called on a battle against foreigners who attempt to acquire Ghanaian passport through illegal means.

According to them, in the last nine months, they prosecuted over 35 foreign nationals which includes Ghanaians, 17 Nigerians, 1 South Africans, 1Congolese, 1Togolese, 4 Beninese, 1 Cameroonians, 1Sierra Leoneans, 1, and two Ivoirians with a total fine of GHC91,360.00.

According to the Head of Legal at GIS, Chief Superintendent Adolf Aboagye-Asenso in an interview, they have already sent 52 foreign nationals back to their country who attempted to acquire Ghanaian Passport by false declaration whiles their local accomplices are on the run. He said, GIS will do anything in their best to make sure those people are arrested.

He disclosed that, the foreign nationals acquired genuine source documents such as the birth certificates from the Births and Deaths registry, Ghana Cards from the National Identification Authority and voter ID cards from the Electoral Commission with the assistance of their local collaborators. He said, the source documents are later presented to the Immigration Service as proof of citizenship for the acquisition of Ghanaian passport.

He however added that, the GIS has arrested 79 people in the Volta Region including 72 Togolese, 4 Nigérien nationals and 3 Ghanaians for allegedly living in Ghana without permit and engaging in illegal online trading activities.

Mr. Asenso, however assured the general public that, “The GIS will never let the region and the country down, especially when drugs, cyberfraud, Q-Net [the controversial online ‘network marketing organisation’] are trying to take root in the region”.

He added by warning, saying that, “Don’t deceive yourselves that maybe there’s a claim that the border is porous. It is not true. That does not mean we do not man or patrol our borders. You people will go back right now to Togo. If you like, come back, and I will prosecute and jail you in Ghana.

“When you come, do something better. You cannot come and engage in something we all know is criminal and you think we should turn the other side? It will not work,” he said. Come in through the right way, with the right travel documents. Come and do lawful business and nobody will worry you. But this everyday crime, petty crime business, I can assure you that you will not know peace so far as you engage in it.”

He later cautioned landlords to be mindful of potential tenants in the country.

 

 

 

 

They include 72 Togolese, four Nigérien nationals and three Ghanaians.

 

 

 

 

The Volta Regional commander of the GIS, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration Peter Nantuo, said the foreigners had been living in Ghana without permits and had been engaging in illegal online trading activities.

 

 

 

In the last nine months, GIS has prosecuted over 35 foreign nationals who were subsequently fined a total of GHC91,360.00.

 

Those prosecuted include eight Ghanaians, Nigerians, 17, South Africans, 1, Congolese,1, Togolese, 4, Beninese, 1, Cameroonians, 1, Sierra Leoneans, 1, and two Ivoirians.

 

Head of Legal at GIS, Chief Superintendent Adolf Aboagye-Asenso, said in an interview that the local accomplices of those repatriated were on the run, and that the GIS would spare no effort in arresting them.

 

 

 

He said the foreign nationals acquired genuine source documents such as the birth certificates from the Births and Deaths registry, Ghana Cards from the National Identification Authority and voter ID cards from the Electoral Commission with the assistance of their local collaborators.

 

He said the source documents were presented to the Immigration Service as proof of citizenship for the acquisition of Ghanaian passport.

 

Country’s image

 

“Such actions go a long way not only to dent the image of the country among the comity of nations but also to erode the integrity of such documents”, he said.

 

 

 

The GIS had earlier arrested 79 people in the Volta Region allegedly for engaging in illegal business.

 

They include 72 Togolese, four Nigérien nationals and three Ghanaians.

 

The Volta Regional commander of the GIS, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration Peter Nantuo, said the foreigners had been living in Ghana without permits and had been engaging in illegal online trading activities.

 

Last warning

 

 

“The GIS will never let the region and the country down, especially when drugs, cyberfraud, Q-Net [the controversial online ‘network marketing organisation’] are trying to take root in the region.

 

“Don’t deceive yourselves that maybe there’s a claim that the border is porous. It is not true. That does not mean we do not man or patrol our borders,” DCI Nantuo said.

 

“You people will go back right now to Togo. If you like, come back, and I will prosecute and jail you in Ghana.

 

“When you come, do something better. You cannot come and engage in something we all know is criminal and you think we should turn the other side? It will not work,” he said.

 

He advised foreign nationals who had interest in coming to Ghana to “come in through the right way, with the right travel documents. Come and do lawful business and nobody will worry you. But this everyday crime, petty crime business, I can assure you that you will not know peace so far as you engage in it.”

 

The immigration chief also cautioned landlords to be mindful of individuals to whom they rent out their properties, and asked them to do proper background checks on potential tenants.

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