Coronavirus: Ghana to deport 20 illegal Nigeriens

London, March 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ghana is finalising processes to deport 20 Nigeriens who were arrested by the country’s immigration officers at for entering the country illegally

They include eight females, 11 males and a toddler.

The foreign nationals have been screened by health officials in the Ashanti Region as concerns over the deadly Coronavirus pandemic grow in the in the West African country

On Thursday, Ghana confirmed new cases of coronavirus bringing the country’s total number of cases to eleven in just one week

A spokesperson at the Public Relations Unit of the Ashanti Regional Immigration Command, Bernice Amponsah said: “They [the foreigners] were referred to us from the Ashanti Akyem South Municipality through the Ashanti Akyem police and to the Konongo immigration. Ongoing investigations revealed that they came from Sunyani to sell their local herbal medicines. Residents, however, raised alarm following fears of the recent outbreak and the spread of the coronavirus”.

It is gathered that four out of the 20 foreigners were able to produce their travel certificates which did not even permit them to work or stay in Ghana, while the remaining 16 had only Nigerrien identity cards.

The Immigration Command also added that they were being detained because their activity contravenes the law which demands that the sale of Medicine must be permitted by the Food and Drugs Authority.

“As I speak to you, there are directives to process them for repatriation. Upon screening, the four of them who had the travel certificates are still kept here because they are all being processed for repatriation. The certificates they had on them does not permit them to sell or to work in Ghana and those who had the identity cards, by law it does not give them entry because it is not a travel document”, officers told Accra-based Citi FM.
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