39 Nigerians detained for illegally entering Ghana have been released after the Nigerian government intervened.
The Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, made this known in a statement shared on its Twitter handle. It said the Nigerian citizens were arrested at Aflao border as they attempted to enter Ghana illegally.
“About a month ago, the Nigerian mission in Ghana got a call on the arrest of six Nigerians who were caught at Aflao border trying to enter Ghana,” the statement reads.
“The Nigerian consular team was dispatched by the High Commission to 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 was said to have appealed to the immigration officials not to prosecute the culprits.
“The officials agreed and allowed the team to get their details to secure approval from the appriate authorities for them to be evacuated along with stranded Nigerians, as the Ghanaian immigration would not permit them to proceed into Ghana because of the border closure,” the statement continued.
The NiDCOM further explained that the mission staff paid two visits to the detainees before they were released.
The citizens would be brought back to Nigeria after taking Covid-19 test in line with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control protocols.
The statement read, “There are in total about 50 Nigerians detained by the Ghanaian immigration authorities because some were moved away from Aflao and kept somewhere else.
“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 have escaped, according to Ghanaian immigration.”