Gov’t bares teeth at US over deportation of Ghanaians
Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has indicated that government is not pleased with the treatment of Ghanaians deported by the United States government.
The deputy minister noted that Ghanaians deported from the US have alleged that they have been treated in an inhumane manner and added that government is working to address the issue with the US Department of State.
“Government has taken note of these concerns, and we wish to announce to the Ghanaian people that government has indicated strongly to the United States government our abhorrence for such inhumane treatment,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.
He was speaking during a press conference on Tuesday and assured Ghanaians that government would protect the rights and dignity of Ghanaians everywhere.
According to the minister, government has indicated its displeasure to the US government of the alleged inhumane treatment.
“We have expressed to the United States government that the government and the people of Ghana will no longer countenance such acts from the United States government. We wish to assure the Ghanaian people that the government will act at all times to protect the rights and the dignity of Ghanaians everywhere,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah stated.
The Ghana Embassy in the US is currently under pressure from US authorities to sanction the deportation of hundreds of Ghanaians, according to the Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Bawuah, Ghana’s Ambassador to the US.
In March 2018, 86 Ghanaians were deported from the US, after they were arrested in different states in the US for illegal employment and abusing visa terms.
The deportees all men indicated after their arrival that they were detained between 6 to 12 months before being deported to Ghana.
They were arrested in different states for various immigration offences like the abuse of the terms of their visas and engaging in illegal employment.