Akufo-Addo secures release of Ghanaian, Nigerian prisoners in Trinidad

President Nana Akufo-Addo
President Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo has secured the release of a Ghanaian and two Nigerians from a Trinidad jail after meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.

The Ghanaian who has been in detention for over five years in Trinidad will be released and reintegrated into the society of the twin state Caribbean nation.

Addressing the Ghanaian National Association in Trinidad and Tobago as part his official state visit to the country at the Hilton Hotel, President Akufo-Addo said in his private meeting with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, it was resolved that the Ghanaian who is in jail for immigration problems, was to be released in honour of his visit.

“There are one or two Nigerians who are also going to benefit from the gesture,” President Akufo-Addo said.

The President also advised Ghanaians who plan to visit the Island with a population of 1.3 million, to respect the laws of that country and live peacefully with the people.

“You can come into this country visa-free. There is no need, therefore, to get on the wrong side of the immigration authority. If you come [here and you want] to stay, go through the process and stay…” he advised.

The Ghanaian was arrested by the border agency officials of Trinidad and Tobago when he tried traveling by sea with his child to neighboring Venezuela. Upon his arrest, they requested that he called his wife to show up at the immigration office to prove that he had ties in Trinidad and Tobago. When his wife responded to the demand of the Trinidadian officials, they handed over the couple’s daughter to the wife and took custody of the Ghanaian and he had been in detention since then.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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