11 detained Pakistanis not terrorists, have 60-day stay in Ghana – GIS officials

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File photo: Ghana Immigration officials

Immigration officials in Ghana have cleared the 11 arrested Pakistani nationals at Techiman in Bono East region.

They were arrested on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at their hideout at Kenten-Anyinabrem, a surburb of Techiman, about 370km from the national capital, Accra.

Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) spokesman Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta said investigations show the Pakistanis gained lawful entry into the West African nation and have 60-day stay.

“They are not terrorists as is being circulated. They are not terrorists,” Amoako-Atta told local network Citi FM.

However, he said one Amadu Seidu who is reported to have brought the suspects into Ghana, is on a wanted list.

“It was at the headquarters where their host brought in their passport and upon close examination, we found out that they procured visas from Ghana’s mission in Pakistan and duly arrived through an approved point of entry.”

Terrorists likely to attack Ghana

Both The United Kingdom (UK) and the Canadian High Commissions have updated their foreign travel advice for their nationals travelling to Ghana, warning that terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in the country.

The advice published on the website of The United Kingdom travel guide adds that localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice, and can become violent (sometimes involving weapons).

The advice reads: “If you’re in these areas, you should remain vigilant, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. If this does happen, local police may impose curfews to contain the situation.

It follows the recent kidnapping of two Canadian nationals at Ahodwo in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city.

The victims are yet to be rescued as Police mount a search for them. Canadian authorities have also contacted their families over the development.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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