Ghana authorities have concluded arrangements to send 494 Nigerians back home any time soon.

Already, the affected persons have been handed over to the country’s Immigration Service for deportation.

They were earlier arrested by the Upper East Regional Police Command for illegally entering the country.

This was disclosed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), David Fianko-Okyere who is the spokesperson for the Regional Police Command, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga.

He said the region had implemented a new strategy which included a 24- hour robust patrol on highways and swoops, especially in the Bolgatanga Township, adding that the operation led to the arrest of 507 foreigners in the Bolgatanga Municipality and its environs who were mainly citizens of Nigeria.

According to him, apart from the intelligence of the police service, they also had information from the public about the influx of foreign nationals into their communities, saying that residents attributed the rising crime in the region to alleged illegal activities of the foreigners and the swoop conducted by the police service.

He said preliminary investigations by the Ghana Police Service indicated that those arrested stayed in the country without proper documents but said the Ghana Immigration Service was in the process of processing all the foreigners before deporting them.

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