The Ghana Immigration Service says it has deported hundred illegal African immigrants from the country.
Over the past three months, the Service based on intelligence, embarked on swoops in some parts of Accra, to apprehend illegal immigrants, mainly Africans.
According to the Head of Public Affairs of the GIS, Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta, in 2016, 20 of such immigrants were deported, whereas the number went up to 58 in 2017, and now 100 in 2018.
“We set up our intelligence gathering in some spots in the city and through that, we were able to make a lot of swoops leading to the arrest of mostly African migrants who were in the country and whose stay was in contravention of the immigration laws of the country.”
“…So after profiling them, we had to remove them from the jurisdiction. Mostly, the offences ranged from illegal employment, overstaying, some with suspicious characters and some with fraudulent documents,” Supt. Amoako-Atta stated.
The Immigration Service has said the deportations were in line with its commitment to support other security agencies to fight crime in the country.
The government has supported the service’s operations with 50 multi-purpose motorcycles to help combat criminal activities at the country’s borders and other entry points.
The news of the deportation follows the surge in criminal activity particularly armed robbery in some parts of the country.
By: Michael Ogbodu/citifmonline.com/Ghana