PERSONNEL of the Akanu Sector of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) , in the Ketu North Municipality of the Volta Region, have for the past three weeks arrested 151 nationals of four West African countries, for flouting the border closure and entering the country through unapproved routes.
The illegal immigrants were made up of 119 Nigerians, 22 Niger nationals, seven Benin nationals and three from Cote d’Ivoire.
According the GIS, they gained access into Ghana with assistance from a cross-border syndicate.
Assistant Inspector Felix Klu-Adjei, Officer in charge of Public Affairs of the GIS in the Volta Region, disclosed this to the Ghanaian Times in Ho yesterday.
He said the offenders had been sent back to Togo, after the necessary security arrangements between Ghana and Togo.
Assistant Insp Klu-Adjei said the GIS had mounted checkpoints along the Aflao-Dzodze to curb the influx of border flouters.
He said the current strategic border management and coordination operations by the GIS within the Akanu frontier were receiving immense logistic support from the Ketu North Municipal Assembly.
Assistant Insp Klu-Adjei thanked the people of the Volta Region for collaborating with GIS at the checkpoint and along the frontier.
He, however, warned that any unruly foreigner who would enter Ghana through unapproved routes would suffer swift and ruthless consequences.
Assistant Insp Klu-Adjei said the GIS had the capacity to trace illegal immigrants to their locations in the country.
FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO