Children trafficking is still a big problem in this modern age. Two people have been arrested for allegedly trafficking 42 children from Ghana to Nigeria. The children were said to be moved from the Northern region to Nigeria.
Paul Waabem (24), a Ghanaian from Tatale but bases in Nigeria, and Moses Yaw Kumah (27), a Togolese, who also lives in Nigeria, are the two suspects of the crime.The two are said to appear in court today February 23. According to reports, 33 of the children were rescued first and the other 9, later in January this year.
The Northern Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Mr Eric Afari has said that they have beefed up security at the border patrols in the eastern corridor of the Northern Region to lessen the activities of child traffickers in the area.
Mr Eric speaking at a visit of members of the GIS Board to the Northern Region, said that more needs to be done to alleviate child trafficking especially as it is on the rise in the region. The GIS board interacted with officers and men of the service in the Northern Region to know their different challenges as regards operations and how best they could be resolved.
However, Mr Eric in this avenue stated some of the problems disrupting operations in the region. He emphasized on areas like inadequate offices, lack of residential accommodation, transport etc. He continued that more surveillance strategies needed to be introduced in the different routes leading to the country.
The GIS Board chairman, Hon. Cletus Avoka in response to the complaints of Mr. Eric, said that the management will make significant moves to ensure that their needs are met. Also, he said bearing in mind the just by the corner Burkina Faso attack, that the board together with the management would take measures to beef up security at the county’s borders.
Further more, The Director of Immigration, Mr Felix Yaw Sarpong, has cautioned immigration officers at the various entry points of Ghana to desist from extortion and other negative practices which was detrimental to the image of the service and hence, send wrong signals to foreigners in the country.