The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) says it has repatriated some19 Burkinabe nationals who were arrested at the Savelugu inland post in the Northern Region for entering Ghana illegally.
In a statement released and signed by the Public Affairs Officer of the GIS in the Northern Region, ICO Christian Kobla Kekeli Zilevu, the Burkinabe nationals were onboard an OA transport vehicle with registration number GT 8242-19 en route to Accra when they were arrested.
The statement further said the Burkinabe Nationals attempted to bribe the officers at the Savelugu Inland post upon apprehension but the officers rejected the offer.
“Upon interrogation, it was revealed that they used unapproved routes into the country. Each of them offered GHS100 to the officers to be allowed to continue their journey. This, the officers rejected,” the release disclosed.
“The officers asked that they are sent back. The driver of the vehicle was very cooperative with the officers. Due to the fact that some Ghanaian nationals who were also onboard the vehicle could be inconvenienced, a call was placed to the manager on the OA Transport company, named Kingsley, who arranged for another vehicle from Tamale to convey them back to the Paga Border post to be repatriated.”
Ghana has closed its land, sea, and air borders with the restriction on movement of public buses crossing land borders except it is transporting goods and cargo. The move is part of efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
Since the border closure, about 40 Burkinabe nationals have been arrested in the Northern part of the country using unapproved routes to enter the country.
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ghana
As of Saturday, May 2, 2020, Ghana had recorded a total of 2,169 cases with 18 deaths and 229 recoveries. The Greater Accra region continues to lead the various Regions with the highest number of confirmed cases followed by the Ashanti Region and the Eastern Region.
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