The UK government is giving directives to freeze bank accounts of Ghanaians and other nationalities starting in January, 2018. These new directives by the UK Government is in an attempt to extract all illegal immigrants from the country.
The move follows the UK Government’s decision to force banks and building societies to freeze the accounts of failed asylum seekers, foreign national offenders and visa over-stayers.
The measures are part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to create a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants in Britain, and the accounts of those identified will be closed down or frozen.
According to a report by city FM, Banking consultant Nana Otu Acheampong reacted to this development and raised the concerns that, the development will have an impact in the banking sector.
He says savings even though their monies will be reverted to treasury once they are able to prove their entitlement, he warns that it will be better for Ghanaians living in the UK without any legal basis to immediately transfer their accounts or close their accounts to avoid falling victim. He adds that persons who do not take action because they are unaware of the development will lose their monies.
By Rebecca Essilfie