Ghana’s Deportation of 494 Nigerians: A sad repetition of an ugly history

According to Sahara Reporters, 494 Nigerians have been delivered to the Ghana Immigration Service for deportation after getting into the country illegally.

Apart from the Nigerians, thirteen citizens of Burkina Faso also were part of foreigners apprehended by the Upper East Regional Police Command for illegally getting into the country have also been deported back to their home country.


Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), David Fianko-Okyere, who is also the spokesperson for the Regional Police Command revealed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga.

The ASP said the region had executed a new plan which included a 24- hour robust patrol on highways and swoops, especially in the Bolgatanga Township.

He said the operation led to the apprehending of 507 foreigners in the Bolgatanga Municipality and its environs who were citizens of Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

He also said apart from the intelligence of the police service, they already had information from the public about the entry of foreigners into their communities.

He said the residents linked the increasing crime in the region to alleged illegal activities of the foreigners and the raid conducted by the police service.

He also said early investigations by the Ghana Police Service revealed that those apprehended lived in the country without proper documentation but said the Ghana Immigration Service was in the process of processing all the foreigners before deporting them.

Fianko-Okyere confirmed that due to the geographical location, the 13 people from Burkina had already been handed over to the appropriate authorities in their country, while the rest who are believed to be Nigerians have been moved to the Immigration headquarters in Accra to be deported.

The PRO noted that apart from those apprehended, some Nigerians willingly handed themselves over to the police service to be deported back to Nigeria.

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