The National Identification Authority (NIA) says it will not shield any official involved in any criminality in the ongoing registration exercise.

The Head of Corporate Affairs of the NIA, Francis Palmdeti who made this known said their outfit has not sanctioned any such activity because they are illegal.

“NIA won’t shield any officer who is believed to be involved in any criminality. We have every detail on every machine meant for registration in our main head office so it would be difficult for them to engage in such acts,” he said.

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He was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosi Sen Wednesday.

 His comment
comes after some officers of the NIA were busted for allegedly registering
people at a house in Awudome, near the St Theresa Catholic Church in Accra on
Tuesday night.

The exposé was done by some citizen vigilantes in the area upon a tip-off. Though the NIA officers managed to escape, their machines were confiscated and a complaint lodged at the Kaneshie Police Station.

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But Mr Palmdeti said his outfit has no idea how the machines were found in the residence of the officers.

Asked if any arrest has been made, he said: “No arrest has so far been made. What we know is that the police are investigating the matter and we assure the general public that no officials would be shielded should we find any culpable,” he noted.

Source: Abedu-Kennedy