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COVID-19: Ghana deports 27 Togolese

Personnel of the various security agencies and volunteer groups in the Ho West District last Friday arrested and deported 27 Togolese who entered the district through unapproved routes after the closure of the frontiers.

This was after their bus was intercepted at the border town of Honuta, and their arrest followed a tip-off from informants at the Togo side of the border.

The District Chief Executive, Mr Victor Ernest Apau said the travelers got access into Ghana through the border along the communities of Kpedze, Luvudo, Holuta and Aflakpe.

Mr Apau said that following the closure of the border, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the assembly formed volunteer groups to monitor the border communities to ensure compliance with the directive.

 He said that there was better collaboration between the Ghanaian security agencies and their Togolese counterparts, especially at the Klor border post in Togo.

“That collaboration is helping to enforce the closure of the border effectively,” the DCE affirmed.

Mr Apau said that several scores of people who attempted to enter the country through the approved routes after the closure of the border were refused entry.

He warned that any unpatriotic citizen who attempted to assist travelers to enter the country in violation of the closure of the border for monetary gains would be prosecuted.

Meanwhile, the DCE and the members of the District Border Security Committee have held a diplomatic meeting with their Togolese counterparts to discuss matters of security concerns on both sides of the borders.

Four prominent chiefs from Kloto and Dayi in Togo were present at the meeting which also sought to build stronger ties of collaboration between the two sides.

Following that meeting a fortnight ago at the Honuta border, the Togolese authorities have begun constructing the link road to Honuta, the DCE told the Ghanaian Times.

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, DZOLO-KPUITA

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