A Registration Supervising Officer of the National Identification Authority(NIA) has been arrested by the Suhum Police for illegally registering applicants on Thursday night.

The suspect, Richard Kudjo Pinto,37, was arrested at the Adarkwa Station area around 8:30 pm.

The suspect who is a teacher by Profession and the Supervising Registration Officer at Kuano Church of Pentecost registration center in the Coaltar District was arrested with documents of the National Identification Authority.

NIA Official Arrested For Registering People At Night
NIA Official Arrested For Registering People At Night

According to the Police, 27 pieces of National Identity Card Application forms with one bearing the name and particulars of Otubea Rebecca, 12 pieces of Oath of Identity Form with 4 pieces bearing the names of Opoku Mabel, Martey Ebenezer, Lomotey Christiana Tetteh and Korkor Comfort and an Instructions Manual for registration and card issuance were retrieved.

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The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, who confirmed the incident said, the suspect upon interrogation claimed that the applicants he was registering could not register when they turned up at the registration center earlier during the day and so he decided to document their particulars to facilitate their registration the next day.

He said the suspect has been detained while efforts are underway to arrest other accomplices whose names have been mentioned.

The ongoing mass registration exercise by the NIA despite the Presidential directives in the wake of coronavirus has come under strong criticisms by some Ghanaians and Associations. The Ghana Medical Association, Commission on Rights and Administrative Justice have all urged the NIA to suspend the exercise.