According to Assin Fosu District Police Commander, the Pakistani nationals who claim are Ahmadiyya sect missionaries are said to have arrived in the country six months ago.
The police on Thursday arrested the Pakistani nationals at Assin Fosu in the Central region after residence had alerted them that they had seen persons they suspect to be members of the Al Qaeda terrorist group.
According to Assin Fosu District Police Commander, DSP Samuel Lawson who spoke to Joy News, the Pakistani nationals who claim are Ahmadiyya sect missionaries are said to have arrived in the country six months ago.
“An informant called us that some people numbering thirteen were walking from Asin Nyankomase towards Assin Fosu so we dispatched policemen to go bring them… But when we interrogated them, they claim they are Ahmadiyya sect missionaries from Pakistan and have been in the country for six months now…” he stated.
But Ahmed Anderson, General Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana in an interview on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Friday denied knowledge of the presence of the group.
“This is very very strange, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission is not aware of any group of Pakistanis having come into the country in the name of Ahmadiyya mission to preach… Yes, the Ahmadiyya mission has some Pakistani missionaries in the country but we have a very structured system so when people come in, they have defined roles and we engage them in various ways and on no occasion would we allow any Ahmadiyya missionaries to be walking from one destination to another preaching without any recourse to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission,” he noted.
“I have checked all our missions in this country since this news broke and we do not have any such group of people doing any such preaching anywhere. It is not possible at all that there will be any missionaries sent from any part of the world without channelling them through the structured system that we have,” he added.
Meanwhile, the thirteen have been transferred to the Cape Coast Regional headquarters of the Immigration Service for further investigations.