The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has advised against all travel to Gao and its surrounding areas in northeastern Mali.

This comes in the wake of the reported abductions and executions of travelers, especially Christians (including Ghanaians) in the Gao Region of Northern Mali.

A Press Statement from the Foreign Affairs ministry said Commercial transport operators and drivers who still ply the Gao route from Ghana as a matter of urgency, should suspend all operations to that part of Mali.

The statement further asked Ghanaians in the Gao Region 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 own best judgment.

“Those who choose to depart the Gao Region are advised to exercise the utmost caution as they move to a departure point, only when judged to be safe to do so. The Government of Ghana’s ability to facilitate the departure of Ghanaian nationals from the Gao Region is very limited.”