The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Michael Abikoye, has protested the inhuman therapy of Nigerians by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) with the deportation of 723 Nigerians between 2018 and 2019.
Mr Abikoye stated this at a gathering between him and the Comptroller-General of GIS, Kwame Takyi, in Ghana, with report obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
The High Commissioner stated 723 Nigerians had been deported on alleged unlawful keep, cybercrime and prostitution between the January 2018 and January 2019.
According to him, 81 Nigerians are deported on alleged cybercrime and unlawful keep in January, whereas 115 have to this point been deported in February on the allegation of overstay and prostitution.
The High commissioner cautioned towards inhuman therapy of Nigerians by Ghana, warning that any type of torture or sick therapy of Nigerians wouldn’t be acceptable to Nigerian Government.
He stated, although the High Commission wouldn’t condone any type of criminality on the a part of Nigerians, saying inhuman therapy and alleged torture of some Nigerians in Ghana would not be tolerated.
“Although, the GIS had linked prostitution and cybercrimes as a few of the causes for the deportation, it’s improper to deport Nigerians for alleged unlawful keep in Ghana.
“There are several Ghanaians living in Nigeria and the Nigeria Immigration Service has never deported any of them on ground of illegal stay, because of a sense of brotherliness between our countries,” he stated
The Ambassador, due to this fact, offered to the CG a replica of the Mission’s data on deportations of Nigerians from January 2018 until date.
He expressed displeasure that Nigerians weren’t being pretty handled, stressing that there had been reported circumstances of molestation, harassment and torture of Nigerians by GIS officers, particularly these awaiting deportation on the GIS’s detention facility.
The Ambassador additionally confirmed photographs of a few of them who sustained accidents on their legs, arms and eyes within the means of the torture.
According to him, the inhuman act was towards the United Nations Convention towards Torture.
He appealed to the CG to prevail on his officers to deal with Nigerians and different ECOWAS nationals with human face, warning and never as widespread criminals .
Mr Abikoye expressed displeasure on the lengthy detention of Nigerians within the GIS custody after correct documentation and issuance of Emergency Travel Certificate for his or her repatriation by the High Commission.
He appealed that contemplating the poor state of the GIS’s facility; the Ghana Immigration Service ought to expedite motion of their early repatriation to Nigeria instantly after the issuance of Emergency Travel Certificates.
In his response, the CG acknowledged the present bilateral relationship between the 2 international locations as earlier pointed by Mr Abikoye.
According to Mr Takyi, the GIS are being compelled to hold out repatriation due to the conduct of some Nigerian nationals in Ghana.
He alleged that moreover participating in cybercrime and prostitution, “some Nigerians had turn into legal guidelines in themselves; they do highway blockages in main Ghanaian streets the place they drink, battle and stab each other.
“This unruly behaviour” which contravenes the native legal guidelines in Ghana has led to directive from increased authority for his or her arrests and eventual deportation of those that would not have the requisite immigration papers.”
The CG, nonetheless, promised to research alleged torture of some Nigerians.
He, nonetheless, confirmed the Ambassador a video of some Nigerians, obstructing justice by stopping the official car of the GIS the correct of method after arresting a Nigerian in Kasoa space.
The report stated the incessant deportation of Nigerians and alleged inhuman therapy of a few of them, had as soon as once more dropped at fore, the pressing want for Nigerian Government to hasten on earlier proposal to repair a date for internet hosting of the Ghana and Nigeria Permanent Joint Commission assembly.