The Northern Regional Police Command has arrested 33-year-old Rufai Norgah, a native of Tamale, for producing National Service PIN codes to unqualified persons to aid them enroll on the NSS platform for postings.
Rufai Norgah was arrested following assistance by some six persons, who were arrested while attempting to register during the ongoing NSS registration in Tamale.
The six suspects then led the police to arrest the ringleader behind the act, who is currently in police custody.
Documents retrieved from him reveal he also prints fake students ID cards of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and voters ID cards and other required national identification for his clients at a fee between GH¢ 200 and GH¢600 each to aid them register.
With a Voters Identification Number, the suspect then proceeds to print the original voters identification card, redesign the card embossing the image and name of his client to the number retrieved from the system of the Electoral Commission, then prints a new card of his victim’s image and name for NSS registration.
The Northern Regional Director of the National Service Secretariat, George Gado, who believes some of Rufai’s clients have successfully gone through the registration, revealed Rufai has been around the registration premises since the beginning of the process but officers did not suspect any foul play until Wednesday when he was arrested on suspicion of the Northern Regional N.S.S Administrator Jacob Yawson.
Preliminary investigations by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) of the police reveal Rufai Norgah has accomplices in all 26 districts in the Northern Region who assist him get interested persons to pay the GH¢ 200 to be enrolled.
According to the NSS Northern Region boss, following allegations by prospective personnel of staff taking money to aid unqualified persons enroll in 2016, his outfit this year devised a mechanism to identify the unscrupulous persons behind the act.
“We have had complains from personnel alleging that some of my staff take money to aid people enroll onto our platform and also assist reposting so we decided to make a plan to unearth this individual who is behind this and by God’s help we arrested six persons who either do not know the course they studied in school or have no idea where they are supposed schools are located.”
Mr Gado also indicated that staff who get implicated by police’s investigation will be made to face the full rigours of the law.
“Of course some of my staff have been mentioned but the evidence is what we don’t have. So if any of my staff is implicated in this, they will be arrested. For now, we’re unable to mention who is involved because no names have been mentioned yet. We have handed over the case to the police and we expect them to investigate and make further arrests when necessary.”
Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yussif Tanko, is unable to tell how soon the suspects will be arraigned before court but says the suspect will be charged on two counts including impersonation.
Checks by the police further revealed a total of 181 applicants have registered with Rufai and are currently in the various districts undergoing registration.
By Zubaida Ismail|3news.com|Ghana