Insecurity due to sectarian fighting in some parts of Nigeria and the government’s decision to remove subsidy on fuel, which has had some rippled effect on prices, has compelled many Nigerians to flee to neighbouring Ghana to seek greener pastures.
The latest to join the exodus is a group of a beggars whose luck however run out, as they were arrested on arrival at the Ghanaian border town of Aflao as undesirable immigrants.
Numbering five, the beggars were put before an Aflao Circuit Court, and were ordered to be deported back home.
The court also imposed a fine of 12 Ghana Cedis (Ksh630) on each of the beggars who pleaded guilty to engaging in prohibited immigration.
The five beggars, Nura Kasum, 70, Sali Abdul Karim, 70, Abdul Hamidu, 50, Hamadu Rufia, 65, and Tasir Issaku 60, were accompanied by seven dependants.
Police prosecutor, Mr Michael Akemo, told the court that the 12 claimed they were from Kano in northern Nigeria, and had decided to travel to Ghana to escape harsh economic conditions that had engulfed Nigeria.
They claimed on their arrival that, they were to be hosted by a visually, impaired Muslim chief in Accra.
However, since they showed no means of their financial support when they enter Ghana, it was felt that they would become a burden to the Ghanaian public.
This latest group of Nigerians either looking for greener pastures or just coming to Ghana to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere has come as a shock to some Nigerians living in Ghana.
Mr Bode Amosu, a businessman told the Nation that, “all this is an indictment on a government that is supervising an oil economy that produces two million barrels a day and yet cannot manage it well for the people to have the little comfort they can get.”
Meanwhile, suspected Islamists have shot dead three poker players near a church in the latest attacks targeting Christians in northeast Nigeria, residents said on Sunday.
The killings took place late Saturday in Biu town of the northeast Nigerian state of Borno.
Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot into a crowd of Christians playing cards at an abandoned hotel near a church on the outskirts of the town, killing three and wounding seven others.