Saturday, March 6

Immigration service in North East Region intercepts 23 foreign nationals at Nakpanduri.

Officers of the Immigration Service in the North East Region have arrested 23 foreigners entering into the country through unapproved routes.
The Immigration Service, with the support of the military, arrested 15 Togolese and 8 Burkinabe nationals as part of ongoing operation to enforce the border closure directives by government to contain the COVID 19 pandemic. 
According to the Regional Immigration Command, these foreign nationals who entered the country through the unapproved routes  were arrested after officers deployed at Nakpanduri intercepted a Yuntong vehicle with registration number AW 400-19  claiming to have left the Garu  township.
Sources say the arrest followed intelligence  received by border guards at the Missiga inland post that some foreigners were sneaking through other unapproved routes to come into the country through the Nakpanduri road to Kumasi and Accra. 
Upon this information, the North East Region commander Chief Supt. William Peter Andoh , alerted and ordered his men at the Bunkpurugu command to quickly erect a tent and create a check point to intercept these foreigners.
Subsequently, the vehicle was intercepted and after a critical interrogation of the passengers on board ,the 23 foreigners made up of  12 males, 5 females and 6 children were identified.
According to the North East Regional Commander, Chief Sup. William Andoh, the foreigners, when questioned, said they were farm labourers traveling to Kumasi and its environs to look for work. 
He said they have been escorted back to the Togo and Burkina Faso with a caution not to illegally come into the country again.  
This is the second major operation to be  carried out by the immigration officials in the Bunkprugu – Nakpanduri district in the North east region since the closure of the country’s borders. 
The officers two months ago intercepted and repatriated over 80 foreign nationals who had attempted using the various unapproved routes to come into the country

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