Officers of the Ghana Immigration Service at the Aflao Sector Command have arrested some five Togolese nationals for attempting to exit the country through unapproved route.
The five, who gave their names Dayo Yao, 33; Gatago Kudjo, 32; Quist Mawutor, 26; Desouza Theodor, 29 and Gatogo Kudpvt Lenene, upon arrest were found to have in their possession Ghanaian voters’ identification card.
A statement signed by Supt Michael Amoako-Atta, Head of Public Affairs of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), said they have been handed over to the Sector Command’s Headquarters for interrogation.
The statement explained that “the Togolese were arrested by officers deployed to patrol the beach at Aflao.”
According to the Command, initial screening of the Togolese showed that they had indelible ink on their pinky fingers.
“They also admitted during interrogation that they were Togolese nationals who had registered for the new Ghana voters ID card at one of the registrations centres in Aflao,” the statement added.
According to the GIS, with the exception of one of them who had in his possession a new Ghana voters ID card with number, 2321010939 as well as a Togolese voters ID card, the rest had no other voters ID card on them.
Referral to health officials
The statement said the five have been referred to the port health officials for medical screening and will be handed over to the police after the screening for further action.
“Meanwhile, the Ghana Immigration Service wishes to once again remind all non-Ghanaians to desist from entering and leaving the country through unapproved routes. It is an offence under the laws of Ghana to use any illegitimate means to enter or exit the country.
“The GIS also wishes to caution all foreign nationals not to get involved in the ongoing voters ID card registration exercise in the country,” the statement noted.