A joint border patrol operational team, made up of the personnel from the Ghana Immigrations service, Customs and Police in the Tatale-Sanguli district, have beefed up surveillance on about 24 unapproved routes entering Ghana from neighbouring Togo.
Members of the team have also mounted a high surveillance at all the unapproved routes to check and regulate the in-and-out movement of people into the neighbouring country.
Chairman for the District Security Council (DISEC), who is also the DCE for Tatale-Sanguli, Thomas Mbomba, who confirmed this to the Daily Statesman, said the move is part of stringent measures to prevent illegal migrants and smuggle bandits entering the country from Togo.
He believes the presence of the military in the district will complement the efforts that are currently in place, adding that it will further ensure aggressive patrols at the borders to deter illegal entry into the country through the unapproved routes in the district.
Mr Mbomba further said that the Ghanaian security are collaborating with their Togolese counterparts at the borders to enforce the laws. He noted that, through this collaboration, the importation of the Covid-19 pandemic through the Ghana-Togo borders will be prevented.
“But there are still some harden criminals doing all things possible to trespass the President’s order, and we have constituted a community watchdog to support the emergency and frontline workers as well as the security at various borders,” he added.
He said various communities in the country through which unapproved routes pass have also formed a community watch taskforce to complement the emergency health team and the joint military, police, immigrations and customs patrol efforts to check the movement of people in the district.