The Concerned Citizens Rights, a human rights organisation, has alleged that no fewer than 35 Nigerians are illegally detained in Ghana
This was contained in a letter its National President, Dr Olusegun Adeola, addressed to the Chairman, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NiDCM), Abike Dabiri on June 26, detailing the plight of Nigerians in Ghana.
The letter, which was copied to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, Ghana High Commission and Consulate-General in Nigeria, stated Nigerians have been languishing in Aflao, a Ghanaian border with Togo Republic.
It lamented the extent of maltreatment being allegedly meted to the victims alongside the Ghana-Togo border, the place many voters “are currently languishing in detention with no hope of being released despite their pathetic situation.”
The letter urged NiDCM and the Ghana High Commission and Consulate-General in Abuja and Lagos to make use of their good workplaces to intervene and safe the speedy launch of those hapless Nigerians.
The letter learn partially, “Available info corroborated the truth that about 35 Nigerians are at the moment detained; some, for greater than 45 days in unsanitary circumstances within the arrival corridor and different places, which might higher be described as ‘focus camps.’ They sleep on naked concrete flooring with out meals, and with only one rest room for all genders.
“To make issues worse, each women and men are cramped in a single camp, sleeping collectively in flagrant violation of the detention code and conference. Under the facade of safekeeping, the immigration officers seized big sums of cash from retailers and merchants amongst them.
“While being held incommunicado, they have been made to pay 300 Cedis every underneath duress to the immigration officers. Their telephones and ECOWAS passports have been seized and with out the chance of reaching out to members of their household since they left dwelling, who could not even know their present whereabouts, conditions and circumstances.
“During the investigation, we gathered that when some annoyed ones among the many detainees complained after 30 days in detention, they have been overwhelmed and tortured. They have been informed their offence was getting into Ghana illegally, even when there was an unfettered motion throughout borders as contained within the ECOWAS constitution that bonded member states.
“These are people who have always seen Ghana as a sister country to Nigeria and who have previously been coming in and out of Ghana on business trips, believing they are covered under the ECOWAS Protocol Agreements.”
The group stated irrespective of the magnitude of the offences or crimes dedicated, it was improper for these Nigerians to be handled in such crude, brutish, inhumane and inhuman circumstances like making fellow human beings sleep on concrete flooring for weeks and months with out meals.
The letter famous that the victims “daily buy their foods and some are running out of money. Their treatment has nothing to do with COVID-19 because they have been tested and found negative for weeks and still kept together without social distancing and even face masks.”