The Ghana Immigration Service says all 19 repatriated Burkinabes admitted that they entered the country illegally.
These foreigners were picked up at Savelugu in the Northern Region on May 3, 2020 as they attempted to cross to Accra.
Public Relations Officer of the Service in the Northern Region, Christian Kobla Kekeli Zilevu explained how these Burkinabes were arrested.
“They had crossed the border and had come far about 2 hours or more into Ghana, Savelugu where we had a checkpoint and we found out that 19 of them were onboard an OA transport, we identified them and had to send them back because all of them admitted that they used unapproved routes to enter Ghana,”
He added that there were attempts from these foreigners to bribe the Immigration officers as each wanted to pay GHC100 to be allowed to move on with their journey but that did not succeed.
Ever since COVID-19 surfaced and borders were closed, there have been several attempts by foreigners to enter Ghana illegally.
Many have been caught in the Volta Region and have been sent back to their countries but others are also been quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19.
President Akufo-Addo last week extended the closure of Ghana’s borders by another month.
This is all part of moves to ensure Ghana does not import COVID-19 cases again.
Ghana’s COVID-19 cases have now reached 2,719 according to the latest update released by the Ghana Health Service on May 4, 2020.
The total number of deaths is still 18 but recoveries have shot up to 294.