Mahama, Wife and 20 Others Deported by Japanese Immigration

President John Dramani Mahama, his wife, Lordina, have been deported by the Japanese Immigration Department for carrying too many people with him on a state visit.

The President was expected to be accompanied by his wife alone during a visit to Japan to pay a courtesy call on Their Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Unlike expected by the Japanese Immigration Department, the president arrived at the Tokyo Airport with a 20-man squad.

According to a press release by the Japanese Immigration, the 20-man squad included the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna S. Tetteh (MP), Minister for Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini (MP), Deputy Minister for Finance Mona Quartey, Deputy Minister for Local Government & Rural Development, Emmanuel Agyekum and 16 more others who are not holding positions in government.

Prime Minister Abe and his wife were to host an official dinner in honour of President and Mrs. Mahama on Wednesday evening.

Lordina would have also met with the spouse of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Akie Abe on Wednesday and address a meeting with the wives of African Heads of Mission in Tokyo, Female Ambassadors and Leaders of Japanese Women Groups.