The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has warned Ghanaians not to travel to the Gao region of northern Mali as the security situation in the area heightens.
The ministry said there have been recent abductions and executions of travellers, especially Christians (including Ghanaians) in that part of the country.
According to the ministry, commercial transport operators and drivers who still ply the Gao route from Ghana are particularly advised, as a matter of urgency to suspend all operations to that part of Mali.
A statement issued by the foreign affairs ministry indicated that “Ghanaians in the Gao region are also advised to leave immediately for their safety and security. Those who for any reason, are unable to leave are advised to minimise their movement, monitor developments in the local security situation and follow precautions based on their best judgement.”
The ministry further stated that “the government of Ghana’s ability to facilitate the departure of Ghanaian nationals from the Gao region is very limited.”
Read the full statement from the ministry below: