Nine Burkina Faso nationals have been arrested by officers of the Ghana Immigration service at Batoma, a check point in the Hamile sector command of the Ghana Immigration Service. The Burkinabes were arrested in the wee hours of Wednesday after they entered into Ghana through unapproved routes.
Mr. Ibn Yussif Duranah Abdul-Mumuni Seidu Public Affairs Officer of the Ghana Immigration Service for Upper West Region, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said the nine arrested were heading towards Techiman and Kumasi in search of greener pastures.
He added that the nine were on motor bikes with Burkina Faso registration numbers and one unregistered motorbike and the bikes have since been impounded pending further investigation. Mr. Duranah further revealed that, an emergency health screening was conducted on them before they were handed over to the Burkina Faso Security Officers to ensure their repatriation.
“In the early hours of Wednesday, the vigilant immigration officials on duty at Batoma beat four unapproved routes in the Hamile sector command and busted nine Burkina Faso nationals for entering Ghana illegally. They include Six males and Three females with ages ranging from 16 to 36. They were intercepted on some motor bikes with Burkina Faso registration numbers as well as one unregistered. The motor bikes have been impounded pending further investigation.
Preliminary health screening conducted on them by the Port Health authorities showed no sign of health threats. Initial investigations revealed that their migration into Ghana was for economic purposes. It was also discovered that their final destinations were Techiman and Kumasi respectively. They have since been handed over to the authorities in Burkina Faso” IOC Ibn Yussif stated.
The government of Ghana closed the borders of Ghana both inland and air as a measure to contain the spread of COVID- 19. In his last address to the nation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo reiterated the closure till May 31, 2020.
The country has since recorded 3,091 positive cases of COVID-19 with 303 recoveries and fatalities cases pegged at 18 as at May 7, 2020.