Ghana to deport 20 arrested Nigeriens as fears grow over coronavirus

Ghana to deport 20 arrested Nigeriens as fears grow over coronavirus

20 Nigeriens have been arrested by immigration officers at Juaso in the Asante Akim South District of the Ashanti Region.

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The arrested persons include eight females, 11 males, and a toddler.

They have all been screened by health officials in the district as concerns over the COVID-19 grow in the Juaso community and Ghana.

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According to initial investigations, they came from Sunyani to sell their local herbal medicines.

Residents, however, raised alarm following fears of the recent outbreak and the spread of the coronavirus,” Bernice Amponsah, Public Relations Unit of the Ashanti Regional Immigration Command said.

The police also revealed only four of the 20 foreigners had their travel documents and certificate which did not even permit them to work or stay in Ghana. The remaining 16 only carried on them Nigerien identity cards.

The Immigration Command in an interview with Citinewsroom.com said the 20 persons are being prepared for repatriation.

The police and immigration authorities also expressed gratitude to the residents of Juaso for reporting the foreigners to the appropriate authorities.

They encouraged citizens to continue to work and communicate with the police anytime they are suspicious of something.

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Meanwhile, Ghana has recorded five new positive cases of the coronavirus on Friday, March 20, 2020, bringing the country’s recorded cases to 16.

All five were reported from the Greater Accra Region, according to the Ghana Health Service.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that two Members of Parliament (MPs) who travelled outside Ghana have been directed to stay away from Parliament for two weeks.

The directive is to ensure that the two, MP for Binduri, Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, and MP for Ayawaso East, Naser Toure Mahama, undergo the two-week self-isolation to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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