The Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has advised Ghanaians against visiting the Gao Region in Northern Mali, citing the abduction and execution of visitors, particularly Christians, in that region of the francophone West African country.
Ghanaians already in the Gao region have been encouraged to depart immediately for their safety and security.
A statement issued by the Ministry on Tuesday May 17 said “In view of recent abductions and executions of travelers especially Christians (including Ghanaians) in the Gao Region of Northern Mali, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration advises against all travels to Gao and its surrounding areas in northeastern Mali.
“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.
“Ghanaians in the Gao region are also advised to leave immediately for their safety and security.”