The Ghanaian Times Newspaper in a front page publication of its Thursday, January 5, 2023, edition claimed that the two security agencies were accusing each other of being responsible for some alleged 48 terrorists going missing.
But the Police Service and Immigration Service in a joint statement stated categorically that the said publication is false and should be disregarded.
“No supposed terrorists have been arrested by the Police and the Ghana Immigration Service, and there is certainly no blame game going on between the two state security agencies as is being falsely claimed by the Ghanaian Times Newspaper.
“We would like to put on record, for the avoidance of any doubt, that some 48 foreign nationals were arrested by the police and Immigration in two separate operations at Ekyem, Achiase and Akokoamong near Ejisu in the Ashanti Region in September 2022 for engaging in illegal Network Marketing (QNET). All 48 suspects were profiled in line with standard operating procedures of our two institutions and were repatriated to their various home countries between September 26th and September 29, 2022.”
The two security institutions urged the public, especially the media, to be circumspect in their use of the term “terrorists” and avoid using the word loosely and irresponsibly and thus creating unwarranted fear and panic in a peaceful society such as ours.
“Our two state security institutions continue to collaborate and partner with each other in the discharge of our respective mandates for the good of our beloved country,” the statement added.