Nineteen(19) Nigerienes who tried sneaking into Burkina Faso from Ghana through unapproved routes have been arrested by ofiicers of the Ghana Immigration service on May 29, 2020 at beat two unapproved route bordering Burkina Faso whiles 10 Burkinabes were also busted for illegal entry into Ghana at the Babile inland check point.
According to the Public Affairs Officer of the Ghana Immigration service, Upper West Region, IOC Ibn Yussif Duranah Abdul Mumuni Seidu, the 19 illegal Niger migrants were returning from Kumasi to find their way into Niger for farming activities and were arrested, screened by the border health officials before sending them back to the Ashanti region with the VIP bus registered as GT-4356-16 of which they boarded. The nineteen all males are aged between 14 and 43 years.
“At about 0820HRS, the vigilant immigration officials on duty at beat two unapproved route bordering Burkina Faso in the Hamile sector command nabbed nineteen Nigerienes attempting to exit to Burkina Faso, they are all males and their ages ranged between 14 and 43. Preliminary investigation revealed that they were in Ghana around Ashanti region for sometime now. Their migration was to sneak into Burkina Faso en route Niger for farming purposes, they were screened by the port Health personnel and were sent back to Kumasi and its environs on board a VIP bus with registration number GT 4356-16 at 1500HRS” Ibn Yussif noted.
In a related development, some ten(10) Burkinabes who sneaked into Ghana through unapproved means were busted at the Babile inland check point by Immigration officers during a routine exercise of screening and profiling of passengers in buses and other vehicles. They were arrested boarding a commercial Yuotong bus with registration number GT-4356-16.
Upper Regional Public Affairs Officer of the Immigration service, Ibn Yussif Duranah Abdul Mumuni stated that, the 10 made of 3 females and 7 males who aged between 2 and 31 were travelling to Bole and Kumasi in search of greener pastures.
He added that, the illegal migrants were immediately screened by health officials at the border before they were handed over to Burkina Faso’s border authority to ensure their repatriation to their various destinations.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s government imposed the closure of its borders as a means to stop the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that is devouring millions of people across the globe. Ghana’s COVID-19 positive case count as of May 30, 2020 stood at 7,768 with 2,540 recoveries as well as 35 fatalities whereas global case count of COVID-19 is pegged at 6,061,206 with 2,684,905 and the death toll stood at 367,436.