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30.03.2007 General News

52 Ghanaians Deported From U.S., Canada

By Times Reporter

Fifty-two Ghanaian deportees, including two women, were flown into the country yesterday aboard a chartered aircraft.

The deportees were made up of 46 from the United States of America and six from Canada.

Also an board the aircraft was an undisclosed number of Nigerian deportees.

Two officials from Ghana’s missions in New York and Ohawa accompanied the deportees. They gave reasons for the deportations as drugs related offence, overstaying, fraud, photo substitutions in passports and illegal entries.

Some deportees narrated their ordeals to the Times.

Joe Amoako, 51, who had been in the USA for three years said he was arrested, kept in jail for sometime, and beaten.

Showing his tattered clothing, he alleged that he was manhandled, while going to board the aircraft.

When the Times arrived at the airport, the deportees had already gone through arrival formalities and officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation were providing them with money for transportation to their various homes.