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Kuje: Ghana beefs up security at entry points

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The Ghana Immigration Service has ordered its armed personnel to beef up the country’s security architecture to prevent fleeing inmates of the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, from entering the country.

Premium Politics had reported that gunmen linked to the Islamic State in West Africa Province July 5 attacked the Kuje prison and released hundreds of inmates including Boko Haram members.

In response, the Ghanaian Government through its Immigration Service ordered its personnel to put in place strict measures that would prevent fleeing inmates from entering the country.

In a leaked memo dated July 8 and signed on behalf of the Comptroller-General by Laud Affrifah, the Ghana Immigration Service stated that it was likely the escapees would attempt to enter Ghana through both approved and unapproved routes.

The memo partly read, “It is believed that the Jihadist group Boko Haram are behind the attack which saw the use of high-end explosives and guns, that freed all 64 Boko Haram linked inmates at the prison and are among the escapees who are still on the run.

“Considering current migration trends of Nigerians within the sub-region, it is likely most of the escapees will attempt to enter Ghana through both approved and unapproved routes.

“In view of the above, I am directed to inform you to institute stringent measures at all Points of Entry and intensify patrols to deter and intercept all escapees who will attempt to infiltrate the country.

“Find attached pictures with names of the escaped Boko Haram suspects. Please treat as urgent.”

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