108 deported

Immigrations officials taking the particulars of the deportees.Photo Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

Immigration officials taking the particulars of the deportees

About 108 Ghanaians were yesterday deported from the United States of America (USA) after serving various jail terms for drug-related and other offences.

They arrived at the Kotoka International Aiport at 10am by a chartered flight in the company of security officials.

Some of them were said to have arrived in handcuffs, and others without any luggage.

When The Ghanaian Times got to the Airport, there was heavy security presence, Police Personnel, as well as officials from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and Ghana Immigration Service at the airport to handle the situation and receive them from their American counter parts.

Some of the deportees exchanged words with the officials at the Airport and refused to get off the plane, claiming they had not committed any crimes.

The officials managed to bring them out and took down their particulars before allowing them to depart to their various destinations.

Those who had family members waiting at the domestic arrival terminal were welcomed and taken away.

A few argued with the NADMO officials asking for transportation, as they lived far from Accra.

The Airport Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Yao Tettegah, told The Ghanaian Times  yesterday that on their arrival, some became rowdy and belligerent forcing them to call for re-enforcement to ensure order.

 

One of the deportees, identified as Alhassan Suraka said he had been in the USA prisons for a year without committing any offence.

He said he went to the US to seek Asylum, but was arrested and jailed.

“They brought us home without anything, after years of staying in the country, what do we tell our families now. He complained.

He said from the airport, he was going to his uncle’s house at Kasoa in the Central region.

Another deportee, who did not want to be named said he hails from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, and had no money to go home.

He said when he requested for financial assistance from the NADMO officials, they only took his particulars and left them.

When some of the officials were contacted on the allegations, they said they were not authourised to talk to the media.

 

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

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