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Togolese Police at Ghana’s Aflao Border Causing Unnecessary Hardship to Ghanaians

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The actions of Togolese police officers at the Aflao border have been described as a hindrance to the free passage of people and goods, thereby making life more difficult for people living in the border community and especially for businessmen and women who use that entry point for business.

A security analyst, Daniel Akpaloo, has expressed his concern about the situation and stated that the actions of the Togolese police do not represent the protection of human rights but the violation of Ghanaian citizens’ rights. He further stated that the Togolese security at the Aflao border no longer recognizes Ghanaian Identity Cards, making it difficult for Ghanaians to cross the border.

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According to Daniel Akpaloo, the Togolese police demand an exorbitant fee of 2000 CFA, which is equivalent to GH¢ 40, before allowing people to cross the border. This fee is required both when entering Togo and when returning to Ghana, as long as one has a Ghanaian Identity Card.

The situation has led to concerns about the importance of the ECOWAS treaty that binds neighboring countries together. The treaty allows for the free movement of ECOWAS citizens from one country to another. However, the actions of the Togolese police at the Aflao border suggest that some African countries are not respecting the provisions and rules that allow free movement of neighbor’s state citizens from one country to another.

Daniel Akpaloo questioned the effectiveness of ECOWAS and whether it is just on paper, considering the continuous hardship and harassment faced by Ghanaian citizens at the Aflao border. He also expressed disappointment that the coalitions of ECOWAS commitment to the provisions and rules that allow free movement of neighbor’s state citizens from one country to another is missing in this chapter.

For the most part, the actions of the Togolese police at the Aflao border are causing unnecessary hardship to Ghanaian citizens, hindering trade and commerce, and violating their rights to free movement. The Ghanaian government and other relevant stakeholders must take urgent steps to address this issue and ensure that Ghanaians are allowed to cross the border freely and without unnecessary harassment.

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