18 foreign nationals arrested for entering Ghana illegally


At least 12 males and six female foreign nationals were arrested by officials of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) at the Kucheni Temporal Checkpoint near Jirapa in the Upper West Region.

The undocumented ECOWAS nationals were onboard a Yutong bus with registration number GC 5114 – Z en route to Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.

They were made up of 11 Malians, five Guineans, a Gambian and another Sierra Leonean national. Their ages ranged between seven and forty-seven years.

The Public Relations Officer of the GIS in the Upper West Region, Ibn Yussif Duranah Abdul-Mumin Seidu confirmed the arrest in a statement copied to dailymailgh.com.

“Our preliminary investigations revealed that they entered into Ghana through unapproved routes. The purpose of their visit include business, family visits as well as medical care”, the statement said.

They have since been “screened by the Port Health Authorities before being handed over to the Burkina Faso authorities on the other side of the border at about 10:15 hrs at the Hamile Border Post”, the statement further added.

Ghana’s land borders remain closed amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The development also comes following confirmed cases of Ebola and Marburg infections in Cote D’Ivoire and Guinea respectively.


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