The Ghana Immigration Service has arrested twelve Okada riders for aiding immigrants to get into the country.

Laud Kwesi Ofiri Afrifa, Deputy Controller General of the Service told the press on Tuesday “their motorbikes have been impounded” as they determine their fate.

“Twelve okada drivers have been arrested for attempting to smuggle persons across the border. They have been detained and we are still discussing with the police on how to prosecute them,” he said.

Mr. Afrifa Ofori sent a caution to the border communities and transporters:

“We are not in normal times, so the manner they’ve been operating in an attempt to smuggle people should cease.

“The border communities play a part in our border management, we expect them at this time to cooperate with the security agencies. They should rather inform us than aid them.”

“We expect them at this time to corporate with the security agencies. They should rather inform us of illegal entries rather than heeding them,” he said.

The Ghana Immigration Service said illegal immigration into the country has been on the rise since the president ordered Ghana’s borders shut.