Nigerian seeking Ghanaian passport arrested

The Ghanaian National Security operatives have arrested Don Ofori Donny, a Nigerian, who was attempting to fraudulently acquire a Ghanaian passport.

Myjoyonline reports that Donny would have obtained the Ghanaian passport but for the timely arrival of the operatives. It was also reported that he had fraudulently in the past obtained a Ghanaian birth certificate and a voter identification card.

When asked why he needed the passport, he said ‘he wanted to belong’.

“I am a Nigerian who has been based in Ghana for a long time…I have been part of the people and I made myself part of the people so I decided to do everything (the people do),” he told Myjoyonline. An investigation is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, as part of the endeavour to support the initiative by the National Identity Management Commission’s (NIMC) to enrol Nigerian adults and children into the National Identity Database (NIDB), VFS Global has announced the launch of its new National Identification Number enrolment centre in Accra, Ghana.

The newly launched centre will offer diaspora enrolment services for Nigerians residing in Ghana with their National Identification Number (NIN) issuance.

The newly launched VFS Global NIN centre located on the First floor, Atlantic Tower, Airport City Accra. Opposite Marina Mall opened for enrolments from August 7. Appointments can be obtained online by visiting for the National Identification Number enrolment and subsequently the issuance of General Multi-Purpose Card (GMPC) to eligible Nigerians in the diaspora.

The National Identification Number is a unique set of eleven digits number issued to the Nigerian citizens in diaspora. NIN is used for processing all forms of transactions that involve submitting an identity verification, issuance/re-issuance, driving license, international passports and opening of a bank account.

Commenting, Mr. Jiten Vyas, Regional Group COO, VFS Global, said: “The launch of our new enrolment centre in Accra stands as a testament to our efforts to offer solutions that ensure a secure and seamless experience in the Identity and Citizen Services space globally.

By leveraging our capabilities of having successfully implemented such large-scale diaspora enrollment services across the world including ongoing projects in Africa, we are confident that this would greatly benefit the implementation of this initiative.”

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