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Some Nigerians detained in Ghana are escapees from Owerri prison – Diplomat; No, they’re deceived green pastures seekers – NUTAG President

President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo

A number of those who escaped from the Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria Correctional Center (Prisons) when unknown gunmen attacked the facility recently and set the inmates free are said to be among those being held in Ghana by authorities of the sister West African country.
A video has been trending of about 500 Nigerians being held in Aflao Ghana in a camp in unwholesome conditions, apparently awaiting deportation or the intervention of the Nigerian authorities.
This is compounding an ongoing crisis involving Nigerian traders in Ghana who have been complaining of harsh treatment by Ghanaian authorities that have shut their business premises leading to many of them demanding to be evacuated back to the country.
A diplomatic source told GPNews that the latest video of the about 500 Nigerians in detention is another dimension to the crisis, stressing that the Nigerian Mission in Ghana is engaging the Ghanaian authorities on how to resolve the matter, especially considering the alleged presence, among them of some of the escapees from the Owerri jail break.
The source, that pleaded anonymity, insisted that “extra care needs to taken with the alleged influx of prison breakers to Ghana and other neighboring countries,” noting that the porous borders have not been helping matters.
However, Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji, President of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG), in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) condemned the arrest and detention of the about 500 Nigerians in Bolga, Upper West Region of Ghana and their transfer to the Aflao border without proper investigation.

He said that “those people were victims of a Ghana-based company “Q-Net” with collaborators in Nigeria who deceive people by telling them that there is employment in Ghana and that the job will pay $250 a week.
“They collect between 400 and 500 cedes from them and then they get nothing.
“Nobody knows how they do it, but they smuggle in people from Nigeria to Ghana.
“Unsuspecting Nigerians come to Ghana and they become stranded.
“Government needs to take urgent measures,” he stressed.

made call in a telephone interview with the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.
Nnaji was speaking against the backdrop of the recent arrest of 500 Nigerians in Bolga, in Upper West region of Ghana.
He said the 500 Nigerians were arrested by Ghanaian immigration and moved to the Aflao border without proper investigation to ascertain how they got to that country.
“This is not acceptable; we accord respect to the Ghanaian authorities but sometimes they do not reciprocate.
“Those people were victims of a Ghana-based company “Q-Net” with collaborators in Nigeria who deceive people by telling them that there is employment in Ghana and that the job will pay $250 a week.
“They collect between 400 and 500 cedes from them and then they get nothing.
“Nobody knows how they do it, but they smuggle in people from Nigeria to Ghana.
“Unsuspecting Nigerians come to Ghana and they become stranded.
“Government needs to take urgent measures,” Nnaji said.

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