There was a brief protest at Kotoka airport on Wednesday, when a plane carrying 108 deported Ghanaians and Liberians from the United States landed.
The United States of America has deported 108 Ghanaians from the country for various offences. The deportees have been sent back for various offences, ranging from drug possession, larceny, assault, theft, sexual assault, identity theft, illegal entry, forgery, resisting arrest and other non-criminal offences. According to reports, most of them are said to have migrated from the Ashanti and the Central Regions.
There was a brief protest at Kotoka airport on Wednesday, when a plane carrying the 108 deported Ghanaians and Liberians from the United States landed. After they arrived the airport, the deportees reportedly refused to disembark from the plane that had brought them from the US, accusing the US officials of manhandling them.
Some of the deportees who were detained in the US, continued to wear handcuffs even on the plane. The drama which stirred up when officials tried to unlock the handcuffs, saw some of the deportees resisting to be released. They did not allow the handcuffs to be unlocked until the whole world had seen what they thought was an inhuman treatment meted out to them by the US authorities.
Demanding to be sent back to the US, some of the deportees engaged in exchange of words with the Personnel of the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and other officials, who tried to maintain decorum amid the altercation.
The deportees who claimed they had been picked up in their homes during a raid on illegal immigrants in their states, explained that they were not criminals.
Immigration officials however, managed to convince them to disembark and at about 11 am, some of them came out of the airport building.