The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has revealed that Chinese galamsey ‘queen’, Aisha Huang could be jailed for two years if she is found guilty of unlawful entry into Ghana.
Public Relations Officer of the Service Michael Amoako-Atta told Media General‘s Joseph Armstrong on Tuesday, September 6 that if she is found to have breached immigration regulations, she will be put behind bars for that long.
“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, after her deportation to her home country China in 2018, is said to have gone for a visa from neighbouring Togo and re-entered Ghana under a different name.
“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.”
DSI Amoako-Atta pointed out that it was officers of the Ghana Immigration Service who intercepted her at the borders.
She was, then, handed over to the National Security, he said.
He disputed allegations that the Service failed in doing due diligence, leading to her illegal re-entry to continue her galamsey activities.
“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.”