Smugglers Beat Up Immigration Officers


Immigration officers along Ghana’s eastern boundary with the Republic of Togo say their lives are in danger, with the rising number of smugglers in their areas of operation.

According to them, some of their colleagues had been subjected to beatings and other forms of violence on several occasions as they discharge their duties.

This claim was corroborated by the Acting Volta Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Comptroller of Immigration, Prudence Aku Sosu, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE recently.

 Immigration Officer In Danger
Madam Sosu stressed that the lives of her men were in serious danger as many of them had in one way or the other been attacked either by   smugglers or community members along the border. Some border communities in the Volta Region are noted for smuggling cocoa beans, fuel, timber and in recent times, Indian hemp (wee) to neighbouring Togo.

She narrated how a few weeks ago about 10 immigration officers were rounded up at Wuduaba in the Ketu South municipality by some suspected smugglers and members of the community for preventing smuggling activities, movement of illegal migrants and other nefarious activities.

She said, ‘It’s just by a miracle that they all survived. ‘One of them was almost lynched, had it not been for some good Samaritans.’

Immigration Under-resourced
Madam Sosu attributed this development to inadequate staff, lack of logistics and equipment, lack of accommodation and deep involvement of some communities in nefarious activities along the border.

She disclosed, ‘The smugglers and some of the hostile communities are our landlords; they accommodate us and so you can imagine how sensitive the situation is. More so, the smugglers are more resourced and well-armed.’

She expressed worry that the whole Akanu Sector Command has just one pickup truck while the unapproved routes are over 500. What makes the situation worse is that most of these routes are inaccessible by vehicles, yet the Akanu sector could not boast of a single motorbike, except a few owned by some of the officers.

DAILY GUIDE understands that the entire region has about six vehicles, some of which are in bad state.

Wee Interception
Despite these enormous challenges, the officers at the Akanu Sector were able to intercept 12 sacks of dry leaves suspected to be wee, recently. The incident occurred at about 1:00 am on Wednesday, 16 September, 2015 when the immigration officers were doing their routine patrols.

They went to Zukpe where they reportedly saw over 12 persons carrying a sack each of a substance suspected to be wee on motorbikes. The sacks, which contained over 500 parcels of the illegal substance, were destined for the Republic of Togo.

Ms Prudence Aku Sosu, who handed over the exhibits to the Volta Regional Police Command, assured the general public that her men were in control. She pleaded for adequate support from government and other individual philanthropists and organisations.

The Volta Regional Police Commander, Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae, commended the immigration officers for their bravery and hard.

From Fred Duodu, Ho ( [email protected] )


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