Four purported illegal Ghanaian migrants – including three brothers – who were arrested by immigration authorities along the coast of Angola, close to Namibia, have been asked to return home.
Ghana’s consulate in Angola facilitated their repatriation by liaising with the International Migration Organization (IMO) to secure air tickets for all the four people.
As at press time yesterday they were said to have departed from the Angola International Airport in Luanda en route South Africa and were expected in Ghana today.
Ghana’s Ambassador to Angola, Moses Bukari Mabengba, who confirmed the departure from Angola, disclosed that the embassy bought new clothes for them and ensured that they had left Angola on board South African Airways (SA).
It would be recalled that Paul Mensah, Patrick Mensah, John Mensah and Michael Amos, aged between 20 and 25, were recently arrested by the Angolan authorities when they attempted stowing away in Panama Nore-Vive – a vessel which earlier docked at the Takoradi Harbour in the Western Region on its way back to the Philippines.
The said illegal migrants were found out three days later by the Filipino crew after the departure of the vessel from Ghana, but told their hosts they were traveling to America.
They were rescued by the Filipinos and spent additional three days on the vessel with the hope of getting to America; but unknown to them, towards the coast of Angola their hosts told them they had arrived in America and directed them to an old raft to aid them to get to the nearest ‘American city.’
Contrary to what they had been told by the Filipinos that it was just a stone throw from where they (hosts) had left them, the stowaways spent about four hours on the raft before they finally arrived at a fishing community along the Coast of Angola.
Residents of the community took them to a small village where they spent a week before they were finally handed over to the Angolan immigration authorities.
Ghana’s embassy in Angola confirmed their Ghanaian nationality but indicated that it had no budgetary allocation to send them back home until the IMO came in to facilitate their home-bound journey.
Source: Daily Guide