Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) is alleged to have taken advantage of the on-going deportation of illegal immigrants in the country to fatten their pockets, Today can report.
The GIS for some months now has been deporting some illegal immigrants from in country.
According to our sources at the GIS, the deportees, who are suspected to be commercial sex workers, including those living in Ghana without legitimate papers and cyber fraudsters, have become victims of officers of GIS.
For instance, two Fridays ago, the GIS on one of its swoops at Jerry’s Pub at East Legon in Accra, Today gathered, arrested some suspected illegal immigrants, with majority of them being Nigerians.
Others too were picked from their guestrooms and hotel rooms.
They were taken to the GIS head office where they were screened.
Later, our sources said, they were taken to their respective High Commissions and embassies to ascertain their nationalities.
When they were brought back, our further checks indicated that, the GIS quarantined them from that Friday they were picked through to the next Friday before they were deported.
Interestingly, during their deportation they were not allowed to pick any of their belongings.
However, ironically the immigration officers, our sources said, instead took every money that any of them had at the time.
Others with laptops were taken away from them.
And some, according to our sources, lost as much as GHC5,000 to the marauding immigration officers.
The saddest part of this, according to one of the deportees, who went through this ordeal in the hands of the immigration officers, was how they were dumped at Seme, the Togo border with Benin, when they could have been taken to Bodagre, the Benin border with Nigeria.
“Some of us would have wished we were taken to Bodagre, the Benin border with Nigeria,” the dispirited Nigerian deportee said.
Meanwhile, all attempts to get officials of GIS to deny or otherwise confirm the allegations failed as calls placed on their official telephone lines went unanswered.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
Writer’s email: email@example.com