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General News
Nigerian Arrested With Ghana Passport 4/3/2011
The Ghana Immigration Service [GIS] has arrested a Nigerian, Henry Ude, at the Kotoka International Airport [KIA] for attempting to travel on an Ethiopian Airline with the new Ghanaian Biometric Passport.
A statement issued in Accra on Thursday by Francis Palmdeti, Assistant Controller of Immigration and Head of Public Affairs, GIS, said born at Onitsha, Nigeria, on July 23, 1986, Ude, on March 30, 2011, appeared at the check-in counter of the Ethiopian Airlines but was referred to the GIS Fraud Unit at KIA on suspicion of fraudulent acquisition of a Ghanaian Passport.
It turned out that the suspect illegally acquired the Ghanaian Passport with number G0065819, issued in the name of Henry Nyantakyi, and is currently assisting the GIS in its investigations.
In a related development, the name Henry Ude has appeared in several fraudulent documents forwarded to the GIS through its official email by foreigners who were suspicious of the said documents and wanted verification from GIS.
Following these enquires; the Service has been investigating the activities of internet scammers operating in the country and believes
there may be a link to the suspect in custody.
The Service cautioned foreigners who acquired or had the intention to acquire Ghanaian Passports, as well as those in the business of facilitating the illegal acquisition of Ghanaian Passport by foreigners, to desist from the practice since it was an offence under the Immigration Act.
“The GIS wishes to state categorically that the Ghanaian Passport is the property of the Government of Ghana and remains the preserve of Ghanaians,” the statement added. —GNA

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