The Ghana Immigration Service deported 723 Nigerians between 2018 and 2019, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.
A breakdown, according to Michael Abikoye, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, showed that 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.
Abikoye said this at a meeting between him and the Comptroller-General of the GIS, Kwame Takyi, in Ghana. He consequently protested and 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 Takyi a copy of the mission’s records on deportations of Nigerians from January 2018 till date. He also showed photos of some of them who sustained injuries on their legs, arms and eyes during torture.
In his response, Takyi, said the GIS was compelled to act because of the conduct of some Nigerians in Ghana. He said: “Some Nigerians had become laws in themselves; they block major Ghanaian streets where they drink, fight and stab one another.
“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.”