Coronavirus: 6 immigration officers promoted for rejecting bribe
- 6 immigration officers promoted for rejecting GHC1,900 bribe
- They rejected the money for some Burkinabes who wanted to enter Ghana illegally through unapproved routes
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The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has promoted six junior rank officers for their dedication to duty and the fight against COVID-19 disease in Ghana.
According to a statement from the GIS, the five of the officers rejected a GH¢1,900 bribe offer and the sixth also put his life on the line while pursuing some smugglers.
The statement further narrated that the five, who were serving under the Northern Regional Immigration Command on May 3, 2020, intercepted and arrested the Burkinabes at the Savelugu inland immigration checkpoint after the foreign nationals entered Ghana illegally through unapproved routes.
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The names of the officers were given as Assistant Inspector Lukman Tea Salifu; Immigration Control Officers (ICO) Christian Kobla Kekeli Zilevu; Robert Ahiatrogah; Assistant Immigration Control Officers Grade II (AICO II) Eric Kobby Kpogo; and Isaac Armah.
The sixth officer, ICO Lawrence Appiah Marfo of the Kasoa District Command was also promoted for putting his life on the line and sustained gunshot wounds while pursuing smugglers at the Hamile border post where he was deployed for ‘Operation Conquered Fist.’
He was airlifted by the Ghana Air Force to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra for medical attention.
The Immigration Service said ICO Appiah Marfo is currently in a stable condition and the 19 Burkinabes have since been repatriated to their home country.
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The statement said the promotion of the officers took effect from May 8, 2020. The officers have since been decorated with the new ranks at their various commands.
Ghana’s borders have been closed since March 2020 as part of efforts to stop the importation of new COVID-19 cases into the country.
There have however been several attempts by some persons, especially from Ghana’s neighbouring countries to enter the country illegally through unapproved routes.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that ten inmates of the Ashaiman police cell in the Greater Accra region have tested positive to the novel coronavirus.
Authorities are awaiting results for 44 others who share the same cell with the 10 confirmed persons.
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