Many Nigerians have been arrested by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), in a crackdown on foreigners residing in the country without proper documentation.
The crackdown has also led to the arrest of landlords and property owners who have rented out to non-Ghanaians with no immigration status.
According to the GIS, these rented properties and residences have become the haven for cyber fraudsters and other criminals.
“The use of such properties by persons who are illegally residing in the country make such owners liable of the offence of harboring an illegal migrant, as stipulated in Section 52(1)(b) of the Immigration Act 2000 (Act 573),” said a release signed by Comptroller-General, Kwame Asuah Takyi.
“Section 52(1)(b) states that, a person who knowingly harbours any person whom he knows is to be deported or has reasonable grounds to believe has acted in contravention of this Act commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding GHS1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both,” the statement added.