Business women level extortion allegation against Wli Agorviefe station immigration and customs officials

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By Lorlornyofm December 19, 2017 07:42

Business women level extortion allegation against Wli Agorviefe station immigration and customs officials

Three business women who are into retail of gari, maize and beans have accused immigration and customs officials stationed at the Ghana –Togo boarder at Wli Agorviefe in the Hohoe municipality of the Volta Region of exhorting monies from them.

The Ghanaian women who purchase their wares from neighboring Togolese villages claim they are forced by customs officials to pay an unapproved charge of one Ghana cedi on every bag of product they import into Ghana.

Interacting with Lorlornyo News, the women who sell their wares at the Hohoe Municipal Central Market also alleged immigration officials at the border post make them pay GHC3 before they leave Ghana through the border and GHC 3.00 when retuning into the country.
Responding to the allegations, the officials in question described them as unfounded.

At a brief meeting with his subordinates and our reporter the officer in charge of Ghana Immigration Service, Wli Agorviefe Station, Superintendent of Ghana Immigration Service Hassan Mohamed Abdullai questioned his subordinates whether or not such a practice exists at his blind side a question they answered in the negative.

Hassan Mohamed Abdullai who was posted to the station a little over a month said the normal practice of inspecting documents of travelers who wish to cross the border is what exists at the post. At the customs office, two senior officers, Assistant Revenue Officers, Joe Amoakwao and Emmanuel Kwortey who spoke toLorlornyo News said the allegations are untrue.

They explained food items such as maize, gari and beans only attract duties at the border post when they are brought in large quantities by individuals adding quantities such as half a bag or a bag full are usually overlooked.

After taking Lorlornyo News through their books on revenue, the officers called on individuals to ensure they are issued official receipts anytime they make payments at the post.

They however declined our request to put them on tape justifying they require clearance from their superiors before speaking on matters bordering on revenue on tape.

 

Story by Geoffery Gah-Mensah

 

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By Lorlornyofm December 19, 2017 07:42
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