The federal government of Nigeria has confirmed the arrest of some Nigerians in Ghana for illegal entry into the country.
In a statement by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, while 11 people have so far escaped, about three people are still in detention.
“About a month ago, the Nigerian mission in Ghana got a call on the arrest of 6 Nigerians who were caught at Aflao border trying to enter Ghana,”
“The Nigerian Consular team was dispatched by the High Commission to go and Intervene immediately, and on getting there, they met with about 30 more Nigerians who were arrested for also trying to enter Ghana through illegal routes due to the border closure.”
“The consular team appealed to the immigration officials not to charge the apprehended Nigerians to court.”
“The officials agreed and allowed the team to get their details to secure approval from the appropriate authorities for them to be evacuated with stranded Nigerians, as the Ghanaian immigration would not permit them to proceed into Ghana because of the border closure.”
“There are in total about 50 Nigerians detained by the Ghanaian Immigration authorities because some were moved away from Aflao and kept somewhere else.”
“The Consular team from the Nigerian mission have paid the detained Nigerians consular visits twice, and have secured their release. However, as instructed by the NCDC they need to do their COVID 19 tests before returning to Nigeria.”
As soon as this is done they will return with the next set of returnees.”
“However, it should be noted that 11 of the detainees however escaped according to Ghanaian immigration.”
“The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission will not relent in demanding fair treatment of Nigerians around the world,” the statement said.