The Savannah Regional Minister, Saeed Muhazu Jibril, has said that security officials are putting in place measures to protect Ghanaians in border communities following the large influx of refugees from Burkina Faso.
Speaking on Top Story on Joy FM Wednesday, Muhazu Jibril stated that the recent flooding of refugees has had many communities in the region sacred especially since the neighbouring country is battling with terrorist attacks.
Mr Jibril said that “Just recently we had numbers over 50 to 100 settling in one particular village and the residents are not happy about that. These are women and children who have fled some village in Burkina Faso and have come to settle with the Moshi Chief in this particular village.”
“I am told he asked his relatives to come [to Ghana] and once they did, it became a safe haven for others to follow. We couldn’t find the men but we have information that they come there in the evening, and so we are putting a lot of intelligence and security in place to make sure that we know who their male counterparts coming into the communities are,” he noted.
This comes after it was reported that about 500 people arrived at Fufulso, a suburb of Central Gonja District in the Savannah Region, from Burkina Faso.
Residents of the community have expressed fear for the safety of their lives and property with the presence of these migrants as the number of immigrants seems to increase by the day.
Sources in the community revealed that foreigners usually arrived at night and have since been living in the community as residents.
Meanwhile, the Regional Minister stated that his outfit and the security agencies were working to ensure that the residents are protected.
“There are other security measures we are putting in place but we don’t want to publicly say it. The community might start panicking, and we will encounter a lot of problems. So we want to do a screening of those refugees with Ghana Immigration Service,” Mr Jibril added.
He noted that the immigration service has registered over 2,000 refugees who are settling in the region.