140 Ghanaians In British Prisons

ABOUT 140 GHANAIANS are serving various sentences in penitentiaries across the United Kingdom (UK) currently. One of the offences committed by most of the Ghanaians is breaching immigration laws of the UK. Prof. Kwaku Danso-Boafo, Ghana High Commissioner, UK made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with DAILY GUIDE in London. He said apart from immigration issues, some Ghana nationals also got themselves into trouble after going against sections of UK laws. The Ghana High Commissioner said his outfit was usually updated about Ghanaians in UK prisons by the British government. Prof. Danso-Boafo noted that the Ghana High Commission had been providing consular services to the Ghanaian prisoners. He narrated that the High Commission usually engaged the services of prominent lawyers to defend these Ghanaians in court. Apart from that, he noted that his outfit also paid regular visits to these prisoners to see how they were faring. Prof. Danso Boafo noted again that the Ghana High Commission also worked assiduously to get in touch with the relations of the prisoners back in Ghana. After briefing their family members, he said, the High Commission then served as a link between the prisoners and their family members back home in Ghana. He urged Ghanaian nationals living in the UK to respect the laws of their host country so they did not get into trouble. He entreated Ghanaian citizens in the UK to contribute their quota to the proper advancement of their host country. The Ghana High Commissioner also warned Ghanaians against indulging in acts that could mar the name and pride of Ghana. Prof. Danso-Boafo said as Ghanaian citizens, they were the ambassadors of the country in the UK; therefore they should live lifestyles that would strengthen the bond between Ghana and UK. The Ghana High Commissioner to UK also disclosed that available statistics indicated that Ghanaian population in the UK had reached 46,000. He said most of these Ghanaians were working to help develop their host country. He disclosed that his outfit was constantly in touch with Ghanaian nationals in the UK, helping them when the need arose.