According to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), well-known Chinese galamsey businesswoman Aisha Huang faces a two-year prison sentence for illegally reentering Ghana.
On Tuesday, September 6, Media General’s Joseph Armstrong spoke with Michael Amoako-Atta, the Service’s public relations officer, who said that if it is determined that she violated immigration laws, she will spend that much time in jail.
“If she is convicted on immigration rules, she may go in for about two years,” DSI Amoako-Atta stated.
“That is what the law says.”
Aisha Huang is believed to have applied for a visa from nearby Togo and re-entered Ghana using a different name after being deported to her native China in 2018.
“Currently, we are now building the case because her mode of entry is one that we all want to clarify,” he said.
“Then what she got herself engaged in will have to be looked into and then we can build a proper case against her.”
She was stopped at the borders by Ghana Immigration Service agents, according to DSI Amoako-Atta.
He claimed that after that, she was turned over to the National Security.
He refuted claims that the Service’s lack of diligence allowed her to re-enter the country illegally and carry out her galamsey operations.
“We have a mixed bag of operational strategies in place, so we don’t depend on just our officers at the point of entry.
“Looking at the terrain and looking at the nature of our job, you can’t say you are at the borders and that is all. That’s why I have enumerated all the other strategies that we have. . .the community engagement with border residents and also internally conducting intelligence, that is what led to her arrest. So immigration is not sleeping on the job.”
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