The Upper West Regional Command of Ghana Immigration Service has arrested 14 Burkinabes who have used unapproved routes into Ghana.
Details from Ghana Immigration Service
“Today, Monday, 31st May, 2022, about 2200HRS, the vigilant personnel at the Lawra Municipal Command led by the Sector Commander, DSI LAWRENCE AGYEKUM-HENE apprehended fourteen Burkinabes (14) who had sneaked into Ghana through unapproved routes on Black Volta River ostensibly to proceed to the Southern part of Ghana for menial jobs among others. Two of the migrants were transiting Ghana into Ivory Coast. They were onboard sprinter buses with registration numbers AS-9744-11 and AW-4019-12 respectively.
Their ages ranged between fourteen (14) and seventy-Six (76) and comprised ten (10) males and four (04) females. The irregular migrants admitted to using the Black Volta River into Ghana on canoes but weren’t aware that it was an illegality.
It was revealed that one border resident (Name withheld) is their accomplice in this recurring illegality and at a fee per head and during odd hours. The Nationality of the said suspect is yet to be confirmed. Nonetheless, we’re convinced that the suspect operates in a network in both Ghana and Burkina Faso.
Whereas we’re not unaware of the porous nature of our land borders, we can assure the few unrepentant recalcitrants that ‘time will catch up with them’ and the law will take its course. At the time that the land borders are opened, it’s intriguing that migrants will still patronize unapproved routes despite the dangers associated with it. The use of unapproved routes to and from Ghana remains illegal and must not be compromised in any form.
Inspired by the Comptroller General and the Upper West Regional Commander, we shall leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of undocumented migration.
The irregular migrants were cautioned and duly repatriated back to Burkina Faso through the Hamile Border Post.
Submitted for your information.
SIGNED: IBN YUSSIF DURANAH ABDUL-MUMIN SEIDU