By Victoria Ojeme
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Michael Abikoye, has protested the inhuman treatment of Nigerians by Ghana Immigration Service, GIS, even as the country has deported 723 Nigerians between 2018 and 2019.
Abikoye said this at a meeting between him and the Comptroller-General of GIS, Kwame Takyi, in Ghana, according to a report, yesterday, in Abuja.
The High Commissioner said that 723 Nigerians were deported on alleged illegal stay, cybercrime and prostitution between January 2018 and January 2019.
According to him, 81 Nigerians were deported on alleged cybercrime and illegal stay in January, while 115 have so far been deported in February on the allegation of overstay and prostitution.
The High commissioner, who cautioned against any inhuman treatment to Nigerians by Ghanaians, warned that any form of torture or ill treatment of Nigerians would not be acceptable to Nigeria.
He said, though the High Commission would not condone any form of criminality on the part of Nigerians, inhuman treatment and alleged torture of some Nigerians in Ghana would not be tolerated.
“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, because of a sense of brotherliness between our two countries,” he said
The Ambassador therefore presented to the CG a copy of the Mission’s records on deportations of Nigerians from January 2018 till date.