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COVID-19: 80 foreigners arrested over illegal entry

Between February and March this year, a total of 147 foreign nationals have been arrested by immigration officers

At least 80 immigrants suspected to be Togolese nationals have been arrested for illegally entering Ghana, the Bono East Regional Immigration Commander Chief Superintendent Enoch Abrokwah Annor told the media.

He said the development is worrying as the country battles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic following the closure of Ghana’s land and sea borders.

According to him, the Bono East regional capital, Techiman, has been identified as the main transit point for these illegal migrants.

He has, however, assured the Immigration Service in Bono East remains vigilant to fish out all recalcitrant persons who try to disregard the president’s directive against traveling by land as part of measure against the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Between February and March this year, a total of 147 foreign nationals have been arrested by the Regional command, he said.

Sixty-seven illegal immigrants, comprising 42 Nigeriens and 25 Togolese were arrested and repatriated in February alone.

The Immigration Commander has advised the public to volunteer information if they suspect such illegal activities in their communities.

Dauda Zul-Kiful

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