The decision of the government of the sovereign West African nation Ghana to deport 723 Nigerians accused of staying illegally has not gone done well, as the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Michael Abikoye, has described the move as the inhuman on the part of the Ghana Immigration Service.
According to the Ambassador, Ghana deported 723 Nigerians between January 2018 and January 2019 over alleged illegal stay, cybercrime and prostitution.
Speaking with newsmen, he gave the break down thus: “81 Nigerians were deported on alleged cybercrime and illegal stay in January, while 115 have so far been deported on the allegation of overstay and prostitution.
The high commissioner cautioned Ghana against inhuman treatment of Nigerians, warning that any ill treatment of Nigerians would not be acceptable to the Nigerian government.
“Although, the GIS had linked prostitution and cybercrimes as some of the reasons for the deportation, it is improper to deport Nigerians for alleged illegal stay in Ghana.
“There are several Ghanaians living in Nigeria and the Nigeria Immigration Service has never deported any of them on the grounds of illegal stay because of the brotherliness between our countries,” he said.
The ambassador presented to the CG a copy of the mission’s records on deportations of Nigerians from January 2018 till date.
Some of the deportees sustained injuries on their legs, arms and eyes during torture.
In his response, the CG, Takyi, said the GIS was compelled to act because of the conduct of some Nigerians in Ghana.
He claimed that “some Nigerians had become laws in themselves; they block major Ghanaian streets where they drink, fight and stab one another”, adding that, “This unruly behavior which contravenes the local laws in Ghana has led to directives from higher authorities for the arrests and eventual deportation of those who do not have the requisite immigration papers.”