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US plans more Ghanaians deportation after kicking out 86.

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A total of eighty-six Ghanaians were on Wednesday deported from the United States of America. The all-male contingent were arrested across the U.S. for offences such as abuse of terms of their visas and engaging in illegal employment, the local Finder newspaper reported.

The deportees arrived at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on a chartered flight and were screened by immigration officials before being allowed to rejoin their families.

The report added that only four of the deportees had passports, the remaining 82 without the international travel document had travel certificates. Reports indicate that others will soon be handed a similar treatment.

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A breakdown of the returnees showed that people living in the regional capital (Greater Accra) and the resource-rich middle belt Ashanti region dominated the list with 37 and 24 persons respectively.

Seven other regions contributed the remaining deportees. Only one southern region – the Central Region – did not have a candidate in the contingent.

In 2017, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, disclosed that the Trump administration was set to deport 7,000 plus Ghanaians who have abused the terms of their visas. At the time, he said the potential deportees were at different stages of the process.

“In fact, about 7,000 of them are currently at different stages of the deportation process. And we are not apologetic about that,” he said.

1,968 Ghanaians were deported from across the world in 2016, more than double the figure in 2015, 723. The desire to leave the country in search for greener pastures has seen young people opt to pay huge sums to visa contractors.

The country – one of the stable nations democratically and economically – across the West African sub region continues to cement gains made with economic growth. Ghana is likely to have one of the world’s fastest-growing economies this year, according to the World Bank.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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