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36 foreigners, two Ghanaians arrested for using unapproved routes into Ghana

Officials of the Immigration Service in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region have arrested 38 persons who allegedly entered the country through unapproved routes via Ghana’s Eastern border.

The 38 persons include; 23 Nigerians, 10 Togolese, one Malian, one Ivorian, one Beninois, and two Ghanaians.

They were arrested at the Sogakofe barrier heading towards Accra on Monday.  

Chief Superintendent Shradrach Azangweo, South Tongu District Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service told the Ghana News Agency the culprits were returned to Aflao to assist the Aflao Immigration Service in investigations on the illegal routes used.

Mr Azangweo said, 16 other people who entered Ghana after the closure of the borders were also arrested on Sunday at the Sogakofe Barrier and being quarantined at an undisclosed location for tests on Coronavirus.

He commended commercial motorcycle riders for supporting the Service to stop people from crossing into Ghana through unapproved routes.

President Akuffo-Addo ordered the closure of Ghana’s borders from Sunday, March 22, 2020 to help contain COVID-19 in the country.

THE CLOSURE OF GHANA BORDERS

Ghana announced the closure of all its borders effective, March 22, 2020.

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo who announced this on Saturday, March 21, 2020, said the decision is to help reduce further escalation of the infection rate in the country.

It was his third address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic.

He said all the country’s borders- land, air and sea- will be closed at midnight on Sunday.

The closure will, however, not apply to goods.

According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the measures will be reviewed periodically and enhanced if necessary.

Source: GNA

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