Ghanaian government has announced plans to deport 494 Nigerians over illegally entry into the country.
The Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and spokesperson for the Regional Police Command, David Fianko-Okyere, said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga.
The police spokesperson said the region had implemented a new strategy which included a 24-hour robust patrol on highways and swoops, especially in the Bolgatanga Township.
He said the operation led to the arrest of 507 foreigners in the Bolgatanga Municipality and its environs who were citizens of Burkina Faso and 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.
He said the residents attributed the rising crime in the region to alleged illegal activities of the foreigners, which necessitated 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.
The PRO noted that apart from those arrested, some Nigerians voluntarily handed themselves over to the police service to be deported back to Nigeria.