Apparently, I have been compelled to come out of my sabbatical leave to try and confute the misconception being created by a certain Ghanaweb columnist, who is claiming somewhat audaciously that the Ghana Police Service is deliberately mistreating the Nigerians residing in Ghana.
The columnist claims somewhat evocatively that the Ghana Police Service has made it a habit of targeting and extorting huge bribes from Nigerians in their own homes.
Dearest reader, tell me, if such incoherent and largely preposterous claim is not borne out of malice and ignorance, what is it then?
The fact, however, remains that no police officer can enter the home of any law-abiding citizen or denizen and demand bribe.
It is also true that in the wake of public discourse on senseless armed robbery attacks and vicious kidnappings by the lunatic fringe of Nigerians and Ghanaians amid social restiveness, the Ghana Police Service has no option than to search the homes of suspects, including the suspicious Nigerians.
The fact that Ghana and Nigeria have a long-standing cordial diplomatic relations does not mean some criminal elements in our midst cannot be dealt with severely.
In fact, both Ghana and Nigeria are sovereign countries and have absolute power to deal with any obdurate criminal as prescribed by the available laws without fear or favour.
In the current state of rampant criminal activities amid grave concerns, there appears an overwhelming support for prosecutions and convictions of the criminally-minded citizens and denizens.
I must confess that I have a lot of memories on my mental sheet on Ghana/Nigeria relations. But the most memorable one I can readily recall was the deportation of millions of West African migrants from Nigeria in January 1983.
Suffice it to stress that the hardships in Ghana exacerbated exponentially following the expulsion of approximately two million Ghanaian migrants from Nigeria to Ghana in late January 1983.
The deportees arrived by land and sea, in astonishingly overloaded Ships and Trucks.
According to observers, the Nigerian government’s reasons for the deportation of illegal aliens in January 1983 included, but not limited to: ensuring the integrity of Nigerian immigration laws, the general economic recession which resulted in the reduction of foreign exchange earnings to Nigeria, and the involvement of some foreign nationals from neighbouring countries in all sort of criminalities, including violent religious disturbances in Nigeria (Aremu 2013).
Interestingly, however, some of the preceding reasons for the expulsion of the aliens gave the sceptics the energy and reason to tag the whole exercise as a “window dressing”.
Somehow, the observers viewed the Nigerian authorities action as an illustrative case of “give a dog a bad name and hang it”.
But that being said, the Nigerian authorities other reason for the expulsion, which was to ensure the integrity of Nigerian immigration laws, was, of course, a step in the right direction in my humble opinion.
As it was expected, the Nigerian government came under avalanche of criticisms following the deportation of the West African migrants in January 1983.
Take, for example, the United States of America, through the U.S. State Department in Washington, described the decision as “shocking” and claimed that it represented a violation of “every imaginable human right” (The Nigerian National Concord (Lagos) 8 February, 1983; Aremu 2013).
Besides, the European Economic Community (EEC) in a press statement in Brussels deplored the expulsion order and its mode of implementation (The Nigerian Sunday Concord (Lagos), 13 February, 1983; Aremu 2013).
The expulsion was also described as “an act of heartlessness and a failure of common humanity”, by Mr Michael Foot, the then opposition leader in the British House of Commons (The Nigerian National Concord (Lagos), 8, February, 1983; Aremu 2013).
Unsurprisingly, the Nigerian government action was also strongly condemned by the global media. For example, the French press described it as “an act of barbarism unparalleled in the world” (Aluko, 1985: 424; Aremu 2013).
In the same vein, Pope John Paul II of blessed memory described the deportation of illegal aliens from Nigeria as “a grave, incredible drama”, producing the largest single and worst human exodus in the century” (The Nigerian Sunday Concord, 13 February, 1983; Aremu 2013).
Moreover, the Heads of States of the neighbouring West African countries responded harshly to the 1983 Expulsion of Aliens from Nigeria.
The then head of states of Ivory Coast, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo censured the weird action, by issuing a joint statement deploring Nigerian government’s expulsion of illegal immigrants in 1983 (Aremu 2013).
The head of states of the aforementioned West African countries denounced the act as “contrary to the spirit of African hospitality and various international agreements” (African Economic Digest, 1983:6726; Aremu 2013). As a matter of fact, the 1983 expulsion soiled Nigeria-Ghana diplomatic relations back then (Aremu 2013).
In recent times, there have been unprecedented criminal activities on our streets, in our homes and in our communities. Disappointingly, however, the scumbags continue to have an unfettered fun.
To be quite honest, the activities of the bloodthirsty scumbags are tantamount to war, and, we must respond with an equal measure of vengeance.
When we skim through the daily tabloids, turn on our Televisions and Radios; we always set eyes on the squeamishly ugly activities of the remorseless criminals.
Obviously, I am not alluding to pocket pickers, mobile phone, goat, yam, plantain or cassava thieves. But I am rather referring to the hardened criminals who are often equipped with machine guns, semi-automatic weapons, bazookas, and deadly rifles.
They, the scumbags, are well marshalled, and, routinely carry out their infamous activities with military precisions, and can strike as lighting, and as deadly and destructive as molten magma.
So, it is my fervent hope and prayers that none of my dear ones, friends, minions, or even my unrepentant enemies, ever fall a victim to these boisterous and homicidal scumbags.
These impenitent malefactors are indeed brutal, heartless, vicious, and are scumbags of the highest order.
In fact, if you inadvertently come into contact with these ‘homicidal brats, and fortunate enough to survive the ordeal, you will remain the luckiest person on the planet.
In other words, an unfortunate encounter with these boisterous brats is simply an illustrative case of “a dead man walking”.
Verily, the activities of these scumbags know no bounds. These scumbags wickedly go about stripping their victims of their hard-earned money and possessions. And, they rape, maim, kill, and often leaving their victims scarred for life.
Trust me, dearest reader, the activities of these scumbags do not end on the highways alone. They, the brats, carry their activities to our homes, banks, businesses, and market places.
It is, therefore, not surprising that after putting up luxurious houses, and installing doors and windows, you still have to fortify them with extra burglary iron bars.
In actual fact, people have become prisoners in their own homes, primarily due to the activities of these homicidal hoodlums.
Frankly stating, these hoodlums are making life very unbearable for citizens and denizens, and also discouraging potential investors from making any meaningful investments in the country. Thus, it is incumbent on the authorities to curb the activities of the shameless hoodlums.
We must not and cannot look on unconcerned and give in to the potential nation wreckers. I will urge all Ghanaians to endeavour to collaborate with the security forces to ‘fish out’ the heartless criminals in our midst.
The Ghana Police Service cannot and must not sit apathetically and allow these scumbags to win the battle.
K. Badu, UK.