Patience Gbeze, GNA
Accra, Sept. 11, GNA – The Kotoka
International Airport (KIA) Regional Command of the Ghana Immigration Service
(GIS) within a week has received a total of twenty two deportees from Saudi
Arabia on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight.
The deportees, comprising a male and 21
females and aged between 21-38 years were working as domestic helps and a
driver, but were deported for staying illegally.
They arrived with Travel Certificates issued
by Ghana’s Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI)
Barbara Sam, Public Relations Officer, GIS-KIA told the GNA that, the
deportees, who are mostly Primary School, Junior High School and Senior High
School leavers, were in Saudi Arabia since 2015 and 2017.
She said according to them, they were
detained at a Deportation Centre in Saudi Arabia close to four months before
their onward deportation to Ghana.
Regional distribution of the Deportees are;
one each from Oti, Volta, Bono, Western, Central and Upper East, six each from
the Greater Accra and the Northern, and four from the Ashanti Region.
“Narrating their ordeal in an
interview, some of the ladies said their passports were seized by their hosts
upon arrival claiming they owned it because they paid for it, and sometimes they
were made to over work 24 hours”, she said.
ACI Sam said the deportees said they
sometimes accused them wrongly for crime they did not commit, while some were
assaulted, abused sexually and fed once a day with bread, resulting in some
complaints of severe stomach pains.
One of the ladies, aged 25 also narrating
her ordeal amidst tears said, she had to escape whilst her host was out of town
to seek refuge at Ghana’s Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
the youth to stay in the country
and work and not to be overly interested in traveling, particularly to the Gulf
States, because some don’t even live to tell their stories.
She also advised the public to beware of
“connection men, who would lure them into the “seeming juicy deals”,
mentioning huge sums of monies as the monthly pay, which is not the true case
when they get there.”