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24.03.2009 Togo

TOGOLESES MOB ATTACKS IMMIGRATION OFFICERS IN GHANA… Beats and burns down offices

By Ghanaian Chronicle

A group of Togolese from Sarakawa, a community in Togo have attacked immigration officers at Tinjase near Kpassa, in the Nkwanta–North District of the Volta region and destroyed documents, patrol motorbikes and have also burnt down the Immigration office.

The mob, which defied immigration procedures at the border, entered the country and started beating any officer in green uniform that they spotted, demanding the release of two persons detained at the border post for questioning, due to illegal entry into the country.

The two persons, a man and the wife, who were questioned by the Immigration officers were arrested for using unapproved routes in the country and in the course of interrogation by Immigration officers, the woman feigned unconsciousness, which forced the man to make a call on his cell phone to people at Sarakawa in Togo about their situation at the border post.

Narrating the incident to The Chronicle, the Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service, Mr. Francis Kpobi said on the 14th of this month, six of his officers on duty were physically assaulted by the mob from Togo, leaving two of them in critical condition.

Mr. Kpobi said the attack, which was the first of its kind in the area, came as a surprise to the service because there is good relationship among the security personnel of both countries, noting that in this very incident, there was no provocation to warrant such violent attack on the officers who were performing their legitimate functions.

The Commander said the situation has created panic among the people of Tinjase and the personnel and emphasized that the situation did not augur well for the promotion of international relations particularly in this era of deepening international relations among nations.

Mr. Kpobi said he referred the matter to his superior officers in Accra, since the case had an international dimension and should, therefore, be tackled with the needed circumspection to promote a peaceful coexistence between the two countries.

He advised his men to remain calm and exhibit a high sense of professionalism, while command takes steps to address the problem. Meanwhile, the service, in collaboration with the police have increased patrol along the border towns to avert any possible crash.

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