Ghana arrests Nigerians for illegal entry

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For entering Ghana through unapproved routes, no fewer than 119 Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS, nationals have been arrested.

116 males and three females, comprising 67 Nigerians, 35 Nigeriens, nine Togolese, four Beninese, three Ivoirians and a Ghanaian were apprehended.

They intended to go to Ghana’s capital, Accra, and neighboring Ivory Coast to visit friends and relatives.

A communiqué issued by Assistant Inspector Felix Klu Adjei of Public Affairs, Ghana Immigration Service, Volta Region, said the suspects were intercepted around 0615 hours on January 23, at the Sogakope Inland Check-Point in the South Tongu District.

The communique said Chief Supt Maxwell Osae Badu, the Commander at the checkpoint, indicated that those arrested were suspected of entering the country illegally through different unapproved routes of the borders with the support of cross border syndicates.

According to the communique, the suspects in their written statements said they embarked on the journey from respective ECOWAS countries via Togo and entered the country through unapproved routes they could barely identify with the help of commercial motorbike riders.

Ghana’s land borders have remained shut since March 2020 as part of measures by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19.