According to the Court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, the GIS, after one week, should update the Court on the extradition processes.
A US District Court has issued an arrest warrant for Martins Eze Obina through Ghana’s US Embassy.
This was made known when a Circuit Court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh had ordered the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to produce the accused in court.
Chief Superintendent of Immigration (CSI) Adolf Aboagye Asenso, the Prosecutor, informed the Circuit Court that Obina had been put before the Kaneshie District Court for acquiring Ghana’s resident permit through false declaration.
According to CSI Asenso, the District court preserved his plea and he prayed to the court that the accused be remanded for further investigations.
CSI Asenso said the accused lawyer, Mr Paul Abarigah was emphatic that the Circuit Court had granted Obina bail hence the District Court did not set out any bail conditions.
The CSI, who showed the USA District Court arrest warrant, said GIS had also received an FBI alert indicating that the accused is a member of a transnational cyber syndicate and a hacker.
According to him, the accused resided in a rented apartment at Teshie, and therefore he could abscond.
Additionally, the CSI said Obina told investigators that he was a shareholder in a company in Ghana but checks at the Registrar General’s Department indicated that the company was a sole proprietor firm and as such Obina could not be a shareholder in a sole proprietorship.
On the Circuit Court bail, Prosecutor said the GIS was served with a Court order to produce the accused in court but the GIS had already put him before a District court
The CSI however opposed the bail application because of the existence of an arrest warrant received from the US Embassy in Ghana.
He then showed a copy of the arrest warrant to the Circuit Court Judge.
CSI Asenso said the accused was a flight risk and if granted bail he would abscond.
Ms Sarah Kusi, who represented Obina, argued that her client’s passport was with GIS and he has sureties when admitted to bail.
Ms Kusi said Obina had no intentions of fleeing Ghana as his passport is still with GIS.
The GIS personnel nabbed Obina after the Service had received an FBI alert that the accused was set to travel.
Information received by the GIS indicated that the accused was a member of a transnational cybercrime syndicate and a hacker.
Obina has been indicted in the USA in the year 2021 on charges of conspiracy and other fraud-related offences.
The accused informed the GIS officials that he was a shareholder of a company in Ghana.
However, checks at the Registrar General’s Department showed that the said company is a sole proprietor firm and he cannot be a shareholder in a sole proprietorship.