Ghana has announced the arrest and repatriation of 507 foreigners who are citizens of Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
David Fianko-Okyere, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and spokesperson for the Regional Police Command, made this known at an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga.
The police spokesperson said the region had implemented a new strategy which included a 24-hour robust patrol on highways and swoops, especially in the Bolgatanga Township. He said the operation led to the arrest of 494 Nigerians and 13 citizens of Burkina Faso.
According to him, apart from the intelligence of the police service, they also had information from the public about the influx of foreign nationals into their communities. He said the residents attributed the rising crime in the region to alleged illegal activities of the foreigners and the swoop conducted by the police service.
He said preliminary investigations by the Ghana Police Service indicated that those arrested stayed in the country without proper documents but said the Ghana Immigration Service was in the process of processing all the foreigners before deporting them.