Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has begun reconciliatory talks with its Ghanaian counterpart over the recent deportation of four Ghanaian nationals.
Naija News reports that NIS public relations officer, Sunday James, the comptroller-general, Muhammad Babandede, played host to Kwame Takyi, his counterpart from the Ghana Immigration Service, accompanied by the Ghana high commissioner to Nigeria, Rashid Bawa.
His words: “The meeting, which held behind closed doors, appeared to be a conciliatory meeting following the deportation of four Ghanaian nationals from Nigeria to Ghana,” James said in a statement released on Saturday.
“Babandede, when contacted, confirmed the meeting saying details of a further meeting was being worked out by the Ministers of Interior and Foreign Affairs of Nigeria and Ghana.
“There is no cause for alarm as both countries will resolve issues between both countries diplomatically,” he said.
This online news platform recalls that the minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, had authorised the deportation order of the four Ghanaian nationals over alleged violation of provisions of the Immigration Act and Regulations.
Naija News reports that visit comes a week after Nigeria deported four Ghanaians to Accra. No formal explanation was publicly rendered for the deportation.
A month earlier, Nigeria had protested mass deportation of at least 723 of its citizens between 2018 and February 2019.
It was learned that the Nigerians were accused of illegal stay, cyber-crime, prostitution and other social vices.
In January, a total of 81 Nigerians were deported on alleged cyber-crime and illegal stay, while 115 have so far been deported in February on the allegation of overstay and prostitution.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigerian ambassador to Ghana, Michael Abikoye, strongly protested the action to the Ghanaian government in Accra.
Nigeria’s objection to the removal of its citizens from Ghana and failure to publicly state the offences of the four deported Ghanaians had fueled speculation that the March 22 decision might have been done in retaliation.