17 Burkinabes who sneaked into Ghana illegally deported

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The 17 Burkinabes who were arrested for attempting to sneak into Ghana have been repatriated to their home country.

The Ghana Immigration Service in the Upper West Region confirmed the development to Dailymailgh.com over the weekend.

The deportees included six women and 11 men aged between 20 and 40 years.

Their arrest was effected around 18:30GMT on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Babile Inland checkpoint in the Upper West Region.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Upper West Regional sect of the Ghana Immigration Service, ICO Ibn Yussif Duranah Abdul-Mumin Seidu said the deportees went through all official protocols before they exited the shores of Ghana.

The foreigners, according to the PRO, also went through all preliminary screening as part of the exercise.

ICO Abdul-Mumin assured that the service will continue to discharge their duties without fear or favour.

He further appealed to individuals, especially those living along border posts to provide credible information leading to the arrest of such characters.

The Ghana Immigration Service has in recent times been making significant arrests following closure of the country’s borders in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

President Akufo-Addo has extended Ghana’s border closure by another two weeks effective Sunday, April 5, 2020.

“This closure will not apply to goods, supplies and cargo,” he said in the address then.

Ghana has so far recorded 214 COVID-19 cases with five deaths.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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