52 Deportees Arrive From US, Saudi Arabia

ACI Edith Penelope Arhin, Greater Accra Regional GIS Commander

Fifty two Ghanaian nationals have been deported from the
United States and Saudi Arabia to Ghana, last weekend.

According to the PRO of the Kotoka International Airport
(KIA) Command of the GIS, ASI Barbara Sam, said 40 of the deportees who were
from the US, arrived onboard an Omini chartered Boeing 777-OAE 328 aircraft.

The deportees aged between 21-70 and a gender distribution of
38 males and two females were deported for offences such as trafficking in
banned substances, assault, vehicle theft, burglary, fraud, domestic violence
and immigration related issues.

While 38 of the deportees arrived on travel certificates
issued by the Ghana Mission in Washington, DC, two did so, on Ghanaian

The regional distribution of the deportees is 16 from the
Greater Accra Region, 10 from the Ashanti Region, two from Bono Region, two from
the Western Region, two from Central Region, three from Eastern Region and
three from the Volta Region.

Upon arrival they went through disembarkation procedures
including screening to authenticate nationalities all in the presence of other
security agents including officials of the National Disaster Management
Organisation (NADMO) who ensured that they were taken to their final

In a related development 12 Ghanaian females aged between 20
and 30 were deported from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The JHS and SSCE holders arrived aboard an Ethiopian Airline
flight all of them holding Ghanaian travel certificates.

The deportees who were engaged as domestic helps, nannies,
cleaners, teachers of kids of hosts and fuel attendants in the Arab country complained
of working overtime, withholding of salaries by their hosts, maltreatment and
poor feeding.

They have since been handed over to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for further action.

By A.R. Gomda

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