The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in the Upper West Region over the weekend apprehended 14 Ghanaians trying to use unapproved routes to exit the country.
This was contained in a statement signed and copied to the media by the Upper West Regional Public Affairs Officer of the GIS, Assisstant Inspector Ibn Yussif Abdul-Mumin Seidu.
In the statement, Asst. Insp. Seidu noted that the vigilance of the patrol personnel at the Hamile Sector Command led to the accosting of the 14 persons.
“The vigilant patrol personnel at the Hamile Sector Command of the Ghana Immigration halted Fourteen (14) Ghanaian citizens from leaving the shores of Ghana. The irregular migrants were accosted at unapproved routes bordering neighbouring Burkina Faso on the Hamile stretch. They comprised of 12 females and 2 males with their ages ranged between 3 to 54.” The statement said.
According to Asst. Insp. Seidu, the persons who were apprehended indicated that they wanted to leave the country to go visit their families in neighbouring Burkina Faso and also conduct business.
The 14 were asked to return to the country and advised against using unapproved routes to exit the country.
Meanwhile, 4 Burkina Faso Nationals were also prevented from entering the country when they were seen using unapproved routes.
They were using one of the popular routes around the Hamile community referred to as “Mountain back” and “Batoma”.
The statement indicated that their ages ranged from 31 to 56. They were all males.
The Gis’ investigation revealed that they were journeying into Ghana for commercial and farming purposes.
Asst. Insp. Abdul-Mumin Seidu through the statement restated the commitment of his outfit to fighting illegal emigration and immigration.
“The strategic measures activated by the Hamile Sector Commander, Chief Superintendent Edward Owusu-Ansah coupled with the unalloyed support by the Upper West Regional Commander, Chief Superintendent William Peter Andoh, it is apparent that the menace of irregular migration in the Upper West Region will be defeated. The manning of the traditional unapproved routes as well as the intermittent patrols supervised by the Hamile Sector Commander is yielding the needed results. The vision of the Comptroller General is to end the menace of irregular migration,” the statement said.
The statement continued to say that “Whereas we acknowledge the support we enjoy from the good people of the Upper West Region, we urge the few recalcitrants to change or be made to face the full rigours of the law when caught. It must be indicated that so long as we’re performing our legitimate duties, we shall never get tired. We are appealing to the people of Ghana that the border locked down remained enforced and we must not compromise the directive. Additionally, unapproved routes to and from Ghana remain an illegality.”