Covid-19: Gov’t to deal with illegal immigrants, their local accomplices

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his government will deal with Ghanaians who help foreigners enter the country despite border closures.

Similarly, West African nationals especially who use unapproved routes into the country will be dealt with in an equal measure, the President said.

Presenting his eighth address to Ghanaians on the Covid-19 situation Sunday, President Akufo-Addo said many of these foreigners have tested positive to the deadly coronavirus.

“We cannot continue to allow a few persons, who are motivated by their own selfish, money-making interests, to endanger the lives of the rest of the population,” the President told Ghanaians.

Several West African nationals have been arrested using unapproved routes into the country despite the closure of Ghana’s borders.

These illegal migrants, according to reports, were aided by some Ghanaians living near those borders.

But a majority of these foreigners have tested positive for the Covid-19, data from the Ghana Health Service has revealed.

Describing the attitude of the few Ghanaians aiding the foreigners as “unpatriotic” the President said his government will not allow the lives of the rest of the citizens to be jeopardised.

“Not only will persons who enter our country illegally be strictly dealt with, but so will Ghanaians who facilitate their entry,” President Akufo-Addo said.

The President reiterated that being a Ghanaian “must mean that we look out for each other,” adding this is the time for sacrifice.

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